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Trailwalker
Oct 26, 2019 7:49 PM CST
Hi. I was walking on one of the trails here in a wilderness type area (even though it's in the city) and I was shocked to see a tree blooming so late in the season. It had bright pink flowers with round orange centers. I never saw anything like it before. It was growing near a river. It was maybe about 15 to 20 feet tall, but I'm bad at judging height. It was kind of open and airy branch wise. The leaves reminded me of a fruit tree. I tried to look it up in this one online tree guide but failed. It kept telling me trees it was not!

So any ideas? I am in Wisconsin, near lake Michigan.


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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Oct 27, 2019 1:10 AM CST
Strawberry bush? Anyone else? Sorry, not sure. Shrug!
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Oct 27, 2019 1:16 AM CST
Additional info: see strawberry bush in this website data base. Click on it then scroll down to see member pics to note any similarities to what you observed. Thumbs up
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Silversurfer
Oct 27, 2019 3:26 AM CST
It is Euonymus sp these are the fab red seed capsules and orange seeds which dangle on a thin thread.
However It is not Euonymus americanus...strawberry bush as it is lacking the warty capsules.

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Silversurfer
Oct 27, 2019 8:01 AM CST
See comments above as well.

https://michiganflora.net/genu...

Possibly......Euonymus hamiltonianus?

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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Oct 27, 2019 8:58 AM CST
Thank You! Silver Surfer, right street, wrong address! I didn't see the warty bumps on the original pic, either.
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ViburnumValley
Oct 27, 2019 10:10 AM CST
Agree with the ID as a member of the Spindle tribe - Euonymus sp. - and likely a non-native species therein, given "late in the season" (though poster doesn't say when the images were taken). Native Euonymus sp. would likely already have dropped their leaves by now, or certainly be well along in fall color in Wisconsin. My Wahoos are in full fall color at the Valley right now.

As noted above: those are NOT colorful flowers, but rather the seed/fruit structures which are far more showy than flowers on most Spindles. Birds relish eating these, and then deposit the seeds widely. The parent plants are likely in an ornamental planting somewhere, and birds brought the seeds to the natural area where they found beneficial germinating and growing environmental. Alternatively, the Spindles were an original planting area that has naturalized.

Regardless of either possibility, these are attractive plants for fall features. The two shrubby to small tree species that are native in KY are Euonymus atropurpureus (Eastern Wahoo, smooth husks) and Euonymus americana (Strawberrybush, warty husks). There is one low-growing vinelike native, Euonymus obovatus. There are multiple exotic species that are well-suited to northerly climates like Wisconsin, but I don't know their proclivities toward invasiveness.

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gardenfish
Oct 27, 2019 11:24 AM CST
Ours are in fall foliage now. We have several planted at the visitors center native garden at Lake Dardanelle state park. I live in zone 7b, so I would also think the picture was taken earlier in the year. Rolling my eyes.
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ILPARW
May 10, 2020 2:53 PM CST
I just found this post as I just posted some photos of Running Euonymus flowers in bloom; which is a groundcover. It must be the European Euonymus or Spindletree (Euonymus europaeus). I used to know of several European Spindletrees in the west suburbs of Chicago in the 1980's in two different towns. It has escaped cultivation in some areas. The seed arils are orange. The wonderful Eastern Wahoo of eastern North America is similar and could be a possibility as its native range goes up a little bit into Wisconsin near the Lake. Best to type in the two scientific names in the search box on this garden website and compare with the photos in the Plants Database.

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