Euonymus atropurpurea

STAFF TREE FAMILY (Celastraceae)

This native shrub or small tree may grow up to 12 feet tall (A). The lance-shaped leaves, opposite on straight branches, are up to 4 inches long (B). The striking maroon flowers with 4 petals appear in numerous loose clusters (B,C). The green (D) then pink E) fruit capsule splits by October to reveal up to 4 shiny red seeds (F). This fruit may often be seen on the shrub well into winter. Its fall foliage is a deep reddish purple (G).

Grows along stream banks and wooded areas, flowering in May and June. In Fontenelle Forest, uncommon along Stream Trail.

Also known as Spindle Tree.

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