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Euonymus nanus Bieb.

Modern name

Euonymus nanus M.Bieb.

A low, deciduous or partially evergreen shrub of thin, spreading or procumbent habit, growing 1 to 3 ft high; its young branches long and slender, glabrous, angled. Leaves alternate or opposite, or in a terminal whorl, 34 to 112 in. long, 112 to 316 in. wide, tapered at the base, linear to narrow-oblong, blunt or pointed at the apex, the margins obscurely toothed or entire, glabrous; stalk 12 in. long. Flowers inconspicuous, brown-purple, 16 in. across, four-parted, one to three on a very slender stalk 12 to 114 in. long. Fruits four-lobed, pink with the outer coat (aril) of the seed orange-coloured; they are about 12 in. long, scarcely as wide. Bot. Mag., t. 9308.

Native of the Caucasus, eastward to China; introduced in 1830. This species, so distinct from all others in cultivation in its narrow, rosemary-like, often alternate leaves, is an interesting shrub but of no great merit in most districts as it does not bear its fruit regularly or freely.

var. turkestanicus (Dieck) Krishtofovich E. nanus var. koopmannii Koehne – Of sturdier, more erect growth and broader leaves not decurved at the margin. Found by Koopmann on the Thian-Shan and Altai mountains.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

It is probable that many plants of this species in cultivation were raised from seeds collected by Farrer in Kansu and were once known under the horticultural name ‘E. farreri’ (R. Lancaster, The Plantsman, Vol. 4, p. 61 (1982)).



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