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EUONYMUS myrianthus

Image of Euonymus myrianthus

Mark A. Miller

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

EUONYMUS myrianthus

Plant Common Name

Evergreen Spindletree

Special Notice

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General Description

Glossy green foliage is a handsome backdrop to both the evergreen spindletree's clusters of yellow green flowers and the light orange-yellow fruits that follow. This variable large shrub to small tree is a broadleaf evergreen native to the woodlands of western China. Its smooth, dark gray to dark gray-brown bark is contrasted by its young branch twigs which are green. It forms a rounded but upright shape.

The folages is a rich glossy green and are pleasant tapering ovals. In late spring to summer, the tiny yellow-green flowers appear on brach tips in clusters and collectively add interest. The rounded fruits that follow are a light orange-yellow, ripening darker just before they split open to reveal the chocolate brown seeds that are orange covered (arils). Although evergreen, the coolness of fall and winter will blush oldest, soon-to-be-shed leaves to a light yellow and orange, accentuating the fruits.

Grow evergreen spindletree in any fertile, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It may be trimmed at anytime, ideally in late autumn, to a desired shape if used as a hedge, screen or foundation plant. It also looks great as an anchoring shrub at the base of woodland trees in a park or mixed border setting. It is susceptible to euonymus scale and potentially may become a nuisance if seeds are scattered by birds and they germinate.

There are potential health concerns regarding parts of this plant, for further information, visit http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Euonysp.htm .

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-40' / 3.0m - 12.2m

  • Width

    8'-25' / 2.4m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    Orange, Gold, Peach, Chocolate

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Light Yellow, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • Bark Color

    Chocolate, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes