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PlantFiles: Scarlet Euonymus
Euonymus sachalinensis

Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Euonymus (yoo-ON-ih-mus) (Info)
Species: sachalinensis (saw-kaw-lin-YEN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Euonymus planipes

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is usually a single-trunked tree-like plant, generally not getting much over 8 feet at maturity. It's grown for its showy eye-level display of colorful fruits in September-October---big pendant, carmine-pink parachute-shaped seedpods with scarlet-orange seeds hanging from them.

I know, that sounds like a garish clash, but it actually works beautifully.

Excellent red fall color, too.

An easy, tough, adaptable, long-lived, low-maintenance shrub/tree for full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. A good border plant, and a great plant for small spaces. It seems to be immune to Euonymous scale.

The flowers are ornamentally insignificant.

This plant can sometimes self-sow here, but it isn't weedy. I haven't seen it spread to natural areas. I've seen it growing in Z5b where it shows no winter dieback, and Dirr agrees that its limit is Z5.

This may be confused in commerce with E. planipes, which is a different species with a shorter, shrubbier habit.

The common form in cultivation here has very big seedpods, a trait which comes true from seed. A specimen at the Arnold Arboretum, grown from seeds collected wild in China, has pods only half the diameter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Washington, District Of Columbia
Baltimore, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Westford, Massachusetts
Weston, Massachusetts
Hilliard, Ohio
Spencer, Virginia

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