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Genus: Euonymus

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Family: Celastraceae

About 175 species that are either shrubs, trees or climbers and are native mainly to Asia. Eight species are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Euonymus alatus

Native to China and Japan.


Euonymus europaeus (Common spindle tree)

Native to Europe and western Asia.


Euonymus fimbriatus

Native to India.


Euonymus fortunei

Native to Japan, China and Korea.


Euonymus hamiltonianus

Indigenous from India to Japan.

Euonymus japonicus (Spindle tree)

Native to China, Korea and Japan.


Euonymus nanus

Native to southeastern Europe to China.


Euonymus verrucosus

Native to Europe and western Asia.



Acherontia atropos

The caterpillar have been recorded eating the leaves of Euonymus sp. (amongst quite a wide variety of host-plants).

Lepidoptera: Sphingidae


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