Euonymous fortunei · Fortune’s euonymous
E. japonicus · evergreen euonymous
E. occidentalis · western burning bush

Celastraceae (staff-tree family)
Euonymous japonicus. John Rawlings, ca. 2005

Shrubs, to 10 or 15 feet high; leaves simple, finely serrate, opposite, sometimes with unequal bases; distinctive fruit of white, red, or black seeds inclosed in an orange-colored aril. E. japonicus grows on either side of path from Mausoleum lawn to Arizona Garden Entrance, near the Buxus hedge, and extensive planting along the northern cut-off path through the Oval ear and between Lomita Drive and the Oval. One bush near the Philadelphus shrubs along the north wall of the restroom behind Inner Quad Building 40.

The winter deciduous E. fortunei forms an extensive ground cover on the east side of Green Library between the building and lawn.

E. occidentalis is uncommon along trail 1 at Jasper Ridge; plants are marked with yellow- and black-striped tape. More information about Jasper Ridge’s flora and plant communities.

Illustrations: E. fortunei fruit 11 Jan 2005 | Jasper Ridge E. occidentalis photo archive.

Name derivation: Euonymus – from the Greek eu, good, and onoma, a name; occidentalis – Western. From California Plant Names.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005.