Japanese Spindletree is a showy flowering evergreen plant belonging to the Celastrales family and native to China, Korea, and Japan. In its natural environment, it grows as a small tree or bush and can live in ordinary conditions and near the sea coast, thanks to its resistance to wind and salt. Due to its attractive appearance and easy care conditions, the Japanese Spindletree is popular in many countries as an ornamental plant.
Euonymus japonicus is easily identified by its glossy, ovate, serrated leaves that are green in color and can grow up to 5 cm (2 inches) long. The leaves become narrower closer to the base, and their edges have a silvery tint. The flowers are not spectacular, relatively small, have a yellow-white or green-white color, and appear in the first half of summer under favorable conditions.
As for the fruits, they are red, pink, or orange in color and can be seen closer to the beginning of autumn. They contain small seeds that have a pink tint and may contain poisonous substances.