Euonymus Genus bittersweet Celastraceae

Euonymous alatus shrub. en.wikipedia.org

Euonymous alatus shrub, Fall color. en.wikipedia.org (Accessed 6/2018).

Euonymus is a genus of shrubs, small trees or vines, twigs often 4-sided.

Euonymus americanus leaves and flowers. Suzanne Cadwell. NC Extention. plant.ces.ncsu.edu

Euonymus americanus leaves and flowers. Suzanne Cadwell. NC Extention. plant.ces.ncsu.edu (Accessed 5/2018).

Leaves opposite, deciduous to evergreen.

Euonymus alatus flowers. By Arthur Haines. Copyright © 2018. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Euonymus alatus flowers. By Arthur Haines. Copyright © 2018. New England Wild Flower Society. gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 5/2018).

Flowers small, usually greenish to white, 4-6 parted, stamens short growing from a disk-shaped structure, ovary 3-5 parted, stigma sessile.

Fruit orange to red, sometimes lobed, opening to reveal seeds covered by a orange to red aril which is attractive to birds that disperse the seeds.

Euonymus europaeus fruit. 2006-10-09. Samen02. commons.wikimedia.org

Euonymus europaeus fruit. 2006-10-09. Samen02. commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 6/2018).

Notes: Several cultivated species have escaped and become invasive in natural areas.