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Euonymus verrucosus Scop.

Modern name

Euonymus verrucosus Scop.

A deciduous shrub of dense-branched, rounded habit 6 to 10 ft high; bark of the younger branches covered densely with conspicuous warts. Leaves ovate, ovate-lanceolate, or oval; 1 to 212 in. long, 12 to 1 in. wide; finely toothed, slender-pointed, rounded or wedge-shaped at the base; stalk 112 in. long. Cymes with very slender stalks about 1 in. long, usually three- sometimes seven-flowered. Flowers purplish brown, 14 in. across, four-parted. Fruit yellowish or red, 12 in. across; seed black, with an outer coat of orange.

Native of E. Europe and W. Asia; introduced from Austria in 1763. This species is readily recognised among all cultivated spindle-trees by the remarkably warted bark. It bears fruit very sparingly with us, and has little to recommend it as an ornamental shrub.

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

The leaves of this species usually colour pink in the autumn.



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