Euonymus japonicus Japanese Euonymus Celastraceae EUJA*; Q, f;

 

Euonymus japonicus.commons.wikimedia.org

Euonymus japonicus.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Euonymus japonicus is an evergreen shrub to 4.5 m tall, stems green, young stems somewhat 4-sided, pith green; buds pointed, narrowly cone-shaped, scales overlapping, green, tinged with red in winter. 

Leaves opposite, to 7.5 cm long, 4 cm wide, oval or widest above middle, tip blunt to slightly pointed, base tapered to stalk, margin finely toothed, shiny dark green above, paler green below. 

Flowers regular, greenish, 0.8 cm wide, 4 petals; June. 

Fruit pinkish capsule splitting open to reveal seeds covered with orange flesh (aril), Aug-Sept (Dirr 1990). 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in New York City: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Japan. 

Habitat: Escaped from cultivation. 

Notes: Subject to Euonymus scale (Unaspis euonymi), anthracnose, crown gall (Johnson and Lyon 1991).