One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shrub or small tree that is widely cultivated for its autumn colours and bright fruit.
Genus Euonymus, family Celastraceae: numerous species, including the spindle tree
- ‘Try to include some evergreens in your design, such as ivies or euonymus if you want all-year-round cover.’
- ‘She also wanted to keep the silver and gold euonymus and yellow jasmine that grow by the front door, and a vigorous Fuchsia ‘Riccartonii’.’
- ‘Eucalyptus, for example, looks good tied into a bunch with long strands of raffia or tartan ribbon, as does euonymus and cotoneaster.’
- ‘A variegated euonymus stands near the dining pavilion, drawing the eye down towards its pale presence, contrasting with the grey of the slate and brown of the walls.’
- ‘White splashed evergreen euonymus and two white flowered campanula add further cool tones to the group while the thin bronze foliage of a clump forming grass gives good contrast.’
Modern Latin (named by Linnaeus), from Latin euonymos, from Greek euōnumos ‘having an auspicious or honoured name’, from eus ‘good’ + onoma ‘name’.
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