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Euonymus
Euonymus alatus, known variously as Winged Spindle, Winged
Euonymus or Burning Bush, is a deciduous shrub native to eastern Asia,
in central and northern China, Japan, and Korea. The shrub grows to 2.5
m tall (8.2 feet), often wider than tall. The stems are notable for their
four corky ridges or "wings". The botanical name alata or alatus is the
Latin word for winged, in reference to the winged branches. These
unique structures develop from a cork cambium deposited in longitudinal
grooves in the twigs' first year, unlike similar wings in other plants.[1]
The leaves are 2-7 cm long and 1-4 cm broad, ovate-elliptic, with an
acute apex. The flowers are greenish, borne over a long period in the
spring. The fruit is a red aril enclosed by a four-lobed pink, yellow or
orange capsule.