Today’s photograph and write-up are courtesy of Mathew Vis-Dunbar, another one of UBC Botanical Garden’s exemplary horticulturists. Mathew writes:
Photographed in the midst of a rare Vancouver snowstorm at VanDusen Botanical Garden, this plant provided some welcome colour at the end of December.
Found in its native habitat of western China in forests and woodlands below 1200 meters, Euonymous myrianthus is an evergreen shrub growing from 3 to 12 meters. It is reportedly quite variable in morphology and habitat. Clusters of greenish yellow flowers are produced from April to July, followed by the pictured fruits, generally into November.
Daniel adds: China is the centre of biodiversity for the genus Euonymus. Of the roughly 130 species worldwide, 90 species can be found in China — and of these, 50 are endemic (found nowhere else). The English common name often used for this species is evergreen spindle tree.
Botany resource link: I’m off at the end of next week to visit the Montréal Botanical Garden as part of a workshop to participate in a Canadian biodiversity data network. I’m really keen on visiting the Tropical Food Plants Greenhouse. Yes, I’ll be taking my camera!