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Staff Tree / Bittersweet Family
5 species
European Euonymus
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae (Staff tree family - also Bittersweet)
Genus: Euonymus
Species: Europaeus
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
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Updated February 1 2014
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Perennial tree / shrub - also known as European Spindle
tree - similar to the native E. atropurpureus (Eastern
Wahoo) which has dark red / purple flowers - native to
Europe
Winged Euonymus
Order: Celastrales
Genus: Euonymus
Species: Alatus (fomerly Alata)
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
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Updated March 1 2016
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Perennial shrub - also known as Winged Spindle tree,
Burningbush - native to Asia
Running Strawberry Bush
Order: Celastrales
Genus: Euonymus
Species: Obovatus
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
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Updated October 15 2013
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Perennial shrub - blunt-tipped leaves are wider towards the
tip - similar to Strawberry Bush (E. americanus) which is
normally taller (to 1.8m) and has sharp-tipped leaves that
are wider at the middle or closer to the stem - native to
eastern North America
Family: Celastraceae (Staff tree family - also Bittersweet)
Family: Celastraceae (Staff tree family - also Bittersweet)
Wintercreeper
Order: Celastrales
Genus: Euonymus
Species: Fortunei
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
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Updated October 26 2014
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Perennial shrub - also known as Winter Creeper, Creeping,
Climbing or Evergreen Euonymus - grows to 10 cm as
ground cover but climbs like a vine when it finds a vertical
surface - many
cultivars - native to eastern Asia
Family: Celastraceae (Staff tree family - also Bittersweet)
Asian Bittersweet
Order: Celastrales
Genus: Celastrus
Species: Orbiculatus
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
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Updated November 12 2014
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Perennial vine - also known as Chinese, Oriental, Asiatic or
Round-leaved Bittersweet - grows in a thicket when alone
but will twine around trees when present - invasive - the
similar American Bittersweet (C. scandens - native) has
terminal flower clusters as opposed to the lateral clusters
of Asian Bittersweet - native to eastern Asia
Family: Celastraceae (Staff tree family - also Bittersweet)
Wintercreeper - flower approx. 5 mm - leaves to 6 cm - height to 10 cm - vine to 20 m - High Park - October 2014
Running Strawberry Bush - flower approx. 8 mm - fruit approx. 2 cm - leaves to 6 cm - height to 60 cm - Kortright Centre for Conservation - October 2013
Winged Euonymus - flower approx. 1 cm - fruit approx. 1 cm - leaves to 7 cm - height to 2.5 m - West Don Valley (Sunnybrook Park) - September 2013
European Euonymus - flower approx. 1 cm - fruit to 1.5 cm - leaves to 8 cm - height to 6 m - Lower Don Valley (Leaside) - October 2010
Asian Bittersweet - flower approx. 8 mm - fruit approx. 8 mm - leaves 5 to 12 cm - vine to 20 m - Humber Bay Park - September 2010