Trees and Shrubs forum: Help me ID this tree/shrub with geometric twigs!

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Browne503
Sep 12, 2017 2:02 PM CST
I walk past this tree or shrub all the time in my neighborhood in Boston and can't stop looking at the geometric patterns/hexagons/skeletal structures that the ends of the branches make. What is it?? Spent way too much time trying to figure it out on my own, I just don't have the knowledge base...thanks!
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Sep 13, 2017 7:31 AM CST
Hi @Browne503
It looks to me like two plants - an evergreen shrub with straight stems and a climbing plant with kinked stems growing through it. I can't put a name to either, unfortunately!
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Sep 13, 2017 9:06 PM CST
That's a Euonymus species.

It is always helpful to show the WHOLE plant when asking for an ID. Step back, show the whole thing, and then show closer and more intimate details.

The images remind me of Euonymus kiautchovicus - Manhattan Euonymus - but that species does not often set fruit as shown in image 2 and 3.

In Boston, one could be growing E. fortunei selections and possibly E. japonicus selections.

John

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