Shrub Identification

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Green Crown, Mar 9, 2012.

  1. Green Crown

    Green Crown Active Member 10 Years

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    Shrub in North Vancouver garden. Opposite branching. Four bark ridges on young wood. "Berry-like" fruit.

    Does anyone know what this might be?? Some type of viburnum maybe?
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Some type of Euonymus.
     
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    Green Crown Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks Ron,

    You're right... maybe Euonymus europaeus?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Since the fruits are pink it might be another.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    With those ridges of bark, maybe Winged Spindle Euonymus alatus.

    Yours is also larger than European Spindle normally gets.
    I dont see any pink fruit? Only old blackened fruit left over from last autumn.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Wrong habit and fruit for winged euonymus. E. europaeus was known 39' tall at the Seattle zoo some years ago, there are several examples of similar size there. Elsewhere in Seattle one was measured 22' tall during the same period. I used to drive by another of this ilk in Shoreline, WA where it looked like an apple tree in front of a bank building. Recently some apparent knuckleheads cut it down and a poster saying "Museum" appeared on the building. Wouldn't such a conversion of site use be a time when a heritage tree should become more valued?

    The pink capsules are visible in the farthest right photo.
     
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    Silver surfer Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Looks like pink fingers to me!
     
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    wrygrass2 Active Member 10 Years

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    I too would have sworn those fingers were capsules. :)
     
  9. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Heritage tree, or unwanted source of invasive weed seeds?

    I wasn't saying European Spindle never gets that large, just that it doesn't normally do so.

    Winged Spindle fruit (pic) are reasonably similar to what's shown here, though the overmaturity makes comparison tricky.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Not invasive in this area.
     

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