Scientific Name: Euonymus europaeus (Celastraceae).
English Name: Spindle (Spindle family).
French Name: Le Fusain d'Europe.
5 Key Characters:
- oval finely toothed leaves with pointed tip.
- bright watermelon pink fruit which open to reveal orange seeds.
- deciduous shrub or small tree, leaves go orange in autumn.
- flowers 4 petalled, greenish white.
- found on calcareous soils.
Lookalikes: None if you see it fruiting.
Habitat: Woodland, scrub, hedgerows on calcareous soil.
Flowering Period: May-June.
Fruiting Period: September-October.
Status: Very common. The wood is traditionally used to make charcoal for sketching. The larval host food plant for Spindle Ermine Yponomeuta cagnagella moths. Caterpillars live communally in protective webs and are very obvious on the plant.
Photographed by Loire Valley Nature: