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Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by David Tang, Sep 27, 2023.
Found this in Garden City Park.
Just curious what it is. Please enlighten me.
Look for wings on some of the Euonymus alatus branches. One of the common names is winged spindle.
Thanks a lot all.
One of my favourite shrubs.
I can see the wings in my picture, but the fruits probably after spring.
Thanks Silver surfer.
The wings are thought to be an anti-browse defence against elephants / mammoths, etc. - chew the twigs, and (apparently!) the bark wings break up into an intensely bitter and astringent mouth-puckering dry powder.
Just what I've read, I've not tried it myself!!
Nobody will try !
he tiny flowers will appear in the spring.
Berries are there now in the autumn/fall..see below
Thanks, might give it a closer look next time am around thwe park.
The mystery looks to be the version 'Compactus' dominant in North American horticulture and also perhaps what makes up most of the nuisance infestations in eastern American woodlands. This does not have the same level of wing development as the typical species.
My pics posted on 28th Sept showing red leaves and berries are from my plant in the garden.
Bought as Euonymus alatus compactus...I have often wondered why it doesn't have the winged stems.
Now that mystery has been resolved. Thank you Ron.
Just had a good look at your 1st images...see below
I can see the seeds hidden amongst in the leaves.
Thanks for pointing out.
Need to take my macro lens along !