Euonymus, often called spindle or spindle tree, is a genus of flowering plants in the staff vine family, Celastraceae. It comprises about 170-180 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. They are mostly native to East Asia, extending to the Himalayas, and they also have a distribution in Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America and Madagascar. Spindles are popular garden shrubs, grown for their foliage, the deciduous species often exhibiting very bright red autumnal colours, and also for the decorative berries.
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