Euonymus hamiltonianus (var. maackii)

Euonymus • Spindle Tree • ニシキギ • 錦木 • nishiki-gi

! EDIT 4/11/15 – added a view from the path pic and new info…

There are many different euonymus plants in SJG, although the most common one, ‘burning bush’ (euonymus alatus, or winged spindle tree) is usually the only one pointed out. While the burning bush calls for attention because of the spectacularly red leaves color, other euonymus plants set colorful fruit in fall and are interesting to note.

We have one euonymus hamiltonianus plant in our Garden in L; there used to be 2,  growing next to each other in this area, but one was taken out last winter (2014/15).  Their fall (October, November) pink fruits are well visible from the path to those who pay closer attention.

You can find it right past the original east gate, in Area L, and the picture below shows where it is, right past a mature pieris japonica and behind round shaped azalea bush. I was late photographing its fruits, after the arils fell out, so you can only see the pink shells on the picture below – will try to photograph the fruit again next fall.  For a good view of the fruit go to this Polish pic of  TRZMIELINA HAMILTONA ‘MAACKA’…

Corinne and Kathy contributed research to this post and the plant’s correct name, which actually is: Euonymus hamiltonianus var. maackii.


SJG • 4/11/15 – Euonymus hamiltonianus var. maackii, Area L. This picture shows it as it looks from the path, before this area fully leafs out and resembles a jungle: it’s the second from the R plant in the background, with a large black trunk, behind rounded azalea, between pieris and camellia


SJG • 11/17/2014 – Euonymus hamiltonianus: pink shells, seeds actually already fell out

From wikipediaEuonymus hamiltonianus is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae known by the common names Hamilton’s spindletree, Hamilton’s spindle, and Himalayan spindle. It is native to Asia, where it is distributed in Afghanistan, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Burma. This is one of the most common Euonymus species.[2] It is cultivated in gardens and landscapes in other parts of the world.

In the wild, this species may grow to be a shrub of 3 meters or a tree up to 20 meters tall. The leaf blades are somewhat oval with pointed tips and measure up to 15 centimeters long. They are leathery to papery in texture with rough surfaces and slightly wavy edges. The inflorescence is a cymose cluster of several white flowers, each nearly a centimeter wide. The brown, yellowish, or reddish fruit capsule splits into four sections holding brown seeds with orange arils. […]

From hortipediaEuonymus maackii, commonly known as Maack’s spindletree, is a shrub. […]  

Naming: Euonymus maackii was described by Franz Josef Ruprecht in 1857. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy: Euonymus maackii is a species in the genus Euonymus which contains approximately 145 to 183 species and belongs to the family of the Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family). The type species of the genus is Euonymus europaeus.

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