陽の長いころの里山(4) Rumex acetosa (fruits), Euonymus alatus f. striatus (flowers), Morus australis (fruits), Lemna aoukikusa (small leaves) and Potamogeton distinctus (elongate leaves) スイバの実／コマユミ／ヤマグワの実／アオウキクサ・ヒルムシロ
this little guy i saw in the woods. i noticed it for the same reasons it’s been grown as ornamental ground cover here (in the US) since 1907- that delightful evergreen color and red/orange berries to give it a pop in the doldrums of deciduous winter colors. birds also notice, eat the berries, then poop and spread the seeds elsewhere.
apparently, in China, the plant is kept in ecological check by the Asian Euonymus Scale (Unaspis euonymi), but here in the US it seems to only be susceptible to a fungal rot that’s native to the southwest, the Texas Root Rot (Phymatotrichum omnivorum). that bodes less well for us eastern states harboring the plant in our woods.
to be fair, the plant’s berries do serve as a food source for deer and rabbits in the winter, though i’m not sure that’s a good thing given the population of deer in this area. at any rate, it does service some of the local fauna.
the removal attempts i read about include:
herbicides (deemed ineffective),
burning (also ineffective. wintercreeper can survive burning which is probably why it is a pioneer species), and
by hand (which is tedious but can be fairly successful if kept up. it works best if its wet outside to make root removal easier).
natively, it was used in attempt for rocky slope phytoremediation, in response to soil erosion issues. given that the testing site of that study had a temperature closer to that of california’s (annual temp around 16.2 degrees C), the more deciduous creepers tested faired better in quick proliferation, while wintercreeper was slower to grow.
given our more deciduous environment here, if the goal is removing it all from the woods, perhaps the next step would be replacing it with a native creeper pioneering species as that would be more ecologically likely to succeed in the same spaces? and obviously such a native has to be able to survive the suburban runoff and subsequent erosion.
Euonymus fortunei (n.d.) Retrieved December 16, 2020, from https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/vine/euofor/all.html
Johnson, N. (2019 Mar 1). Invasive Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei). Retrieved Dec 16, 2020, from https://theoec.org/blog/invasive-wintercreeper-euonymus-fortunei/
Wang ZQ, Wu L-H, S. Animesh, Zhu Y-H. (2009). Phytoremediation of Rocky Slope Surfaces: Selection and Growth of Pioneer Climbing Plants. Pedosphere, 19(4): 541-544.
#Bonetero del Japón
#Evónimo del Japón.
-Planta originaria del Japón.
-Se trata de un ejemplar perennifolio.
-Existen multiples variedades de este arbusto, empezando por la enana de tres metros de altura, de follaje verde con salpicaduras de amarillo o blanco.
-Otras variedades de esta planta son el Albomarginatus que posee hojas de borde claro; Albomarginatus Compactus, de porte compacto; Aureomarginatus, Evónimo apoyante, etc.
-Da flores amrillentas un tanto verdes y de reducido tamaño.
Euonymus Leaf Notcher Moth
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A pop of colour
Dried-up fruits of Euonymus hamiltonianus マユミの枯れた前年の実 春近し
Euonymus Alatus, also known as burning bush
Plant of the Day
Friday 18 December 2020
Though Euonymus alatus 'Blade Runner' (winged spindle) is known for the broad, corky wings that develop on the branches this deciduous shrub also provides vibrant autumn colour and reddish-purple fruits that split to reveal bright orange seeds.
Pretty walk around Fry’s Spring in Charlottesville, Virginia admiring all the secret gardens. I didn’t expect to see pink camellia’s in bloom! Also discovered a row of Euonymus shrub similar to the native Hearts a Bursting.
Plant of the Day
Saturday 21 November 2020
The autumn colour of Euonymus grandiflorus (large-flowered spindle tree) is supplemented by the pale pink fruit with black seeds and orange arils. This is a strong-growing large shrub or small tree with greenish white flowers in summer.
Wishing you a gentle day
Euonymus green spire makes a great evergreen hedge.
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The end of October, and yet it’s so bright.
As if frosty winter will never befall.
As if fiery leaves will fade into green…
Photos from the field right outside my apartment building ..
I found a smoketree with beautiful coloration under a pine... I think the pine shielded it from the sun in an interesting way so it looks opalescent
Found a European spindle plant as well. I didn't know what it was when I saw it but I thought it looked so striking
Last pics are a different smoke tree and a field mushroom circle near a small maple tree
Бересклет европейский, или Бруслина (Euonymus europaeus)
Beaver house, netted chain fern, a native euonymus at Rutherford Wetland