Irish wildflowers

Photographs: The Gearagh, Cork

Euonymus europaeus
Family: Celastraseae

Flowering: May-June. Fruiting: September-October. Deciduous shrub/small tree.

Inconspicuous greenish-white flowers, 4-petalled, in clusters 3-10. Fruit bright pink, 4-lobed, seeds with orange sheaths. Poisonous. Opposite leaves, oval-lanceolate, finely-toothed. Leaves turning orange in autumn. Green, 4-angled twigs. Height: 2-6m.

Free-draining calcareous soil, hedges, scrub, deciduous woodland. Native throughout Ireland, also introduced from garden/woodland plantings.

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