Euonymus europaeus

Family (Traditional)Celastraceae
Species:Euonymus europaeus L.
Common NameEuropean Spindletree
Growth Habitvine - liana
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Woody; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: vine - liana; Region of Origin: Europe; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Evergreen; Leaf Petiole Type: petiolate; Leaf Type: broadleaf; Leaf Venation: pinnate; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Green; Base Flower Color: White; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Pistil Number: 1; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A; Stamen Number: 4
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: McCracken (KY), Oldham (KY), Owen (KY), Hamilton (TN), Williamson (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, MEM, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1967 - 1998

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100545324 Owen Kentucky 05 May 1998 R. L. Jones
Euonymus europaeus
TENN-V-0142577 Williamson Tennessee
Euonymus europaeus
UCHT018846 Hamilton Tennessee
Euonymus europaeus
APSC0089666 Oldham Kentucky
Euonymus europaeus
MEM001046 McCracken Kentucky 12 Sep 1967 Raymond Athey
Euonymus europaeus
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Euonymus europaeus - Tara Littlefield
Euonymus europaeus - Tara Littlefield
Euonymus europaeus - Tara Littlefield
Euonymus europaeus - Tara Littlefield