Herbs & Plants

Euonymus japonica

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Botanical Name : Euonymus japonica

Family : Celastraceae – Bittersweet family
Genus: Euonymus L. – spindletree
Species: Euonymus japonicus Thunb. – Japanese spindletree
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom : Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision:  Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order : Celastrales

Common Names:Japanese Spindle

Habitat : Euonymus japonicus is native to Japan, Korea and China.
Euonymus japonicus is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 2–8 m tall, with opposite, oval leaves 3–7 cm long with a finely serrated margin. The flowers are inconspicuous, greenish-white, 5 mm diameter. In the fall, orange fruit hangs below the flaring pink seed coverings.


*Flower/Fruit: Greenish white flowers; vinegary smell; pinkish capsule with orange seeds in fall

*Foliage: Opposite, simple, waxy, lustrous dark green leaves; 1 to 3″ long

Medicinal Uses:
The bark is used as a tonic and to aid in difficult childbirth; treats rheumatism, night sweating.  The leaf is also used in cases of difficult delivery.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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