Euonymus hamiltonianus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Euonymus hamiltonianus
Euonymus hamiltonianus 'Winter Glory' JPG1b.jpg
Euonymus hamiltonianus 'Winter Glory'
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Celastrales
Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Euonymus
Species: E. hamiltonianus
Binomial name
Euonymus hamiltonianus

Euonymus bungeanus
Euonymus lanceifolius
Euonymus maackii
Euonymus nikoensis
Euonymus sieboldianus
Euonymus yedoensis

Euonymus hamiltonianus is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae known by the common names Hamilton's spindletree,[1] Himalayan spindle[2] and Hamilton's spindle. It is native to Asia, where it is distributed in Afghanistan, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Burma.[3] This is one of the most common Euonymus species.[4] It is cultivated in gardens and landscapes in other parts of the world.

In the wild, this species may grow to be a shrub of 3 meters or a tree up to 20 meters tall. The leaf blades are somewhat oval with pointed tips and measure up to 15 centimeters long. They are leathery to papery in texture with rough surfaces and slightly wavy edges. The inflorescence is a cymose cluster of several white flowers, each nearly a centimeter wide. The brown, yellowish, or reddish fruit capsule splits into four sections holding brown seeds with orange arils.[4]

This species includes several varieties which some authorities maintain as separate species,[5] including Euonymus maackii and E. yedoensis. Euonymus bungeanus is included in var. maackii.[3]

Like some other spindles, this plant is cultivated as an ornamental for its fall foliage, which can be many bright shades of red, pink, and yellow. The fruits and large seeds are also considered attractive. Cultivars include 'Coral Charm', which has light pink fruit capsules containing seeds with red arils, and 'Red Elf', a shrubbier breed with dark pink fruits and seeds with orange-red arils.[6]

A number of novel chemical compounds have been isolated from this plant, including the coumarins euonidiol and euoniside[7] and several triterpenes.[8]


  1. ^ "Euonymus hamiltonianus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 19 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b Euonymus hamiltonianus. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  4. ^ a b Euonymus hamiltonianus. Flora of China.
  5. ^ Schulz, B. (2006). Studies of fruit and seed characters of selected Euonymus species. International Dendrology Society.
  6. ^ Buchan, U. In focus: Euonymus. The Daily Telegraph. September 22, 2001.
  7. ^ Tantray, M. A., et al. (2008). Two new coumarins from Euonymus hamiltonianus. Chemistry of Natural Compounds 44(1) 10-12.
  8. ^ Tantray, M. A., et al. (2009). Glutinane triterpenes from the stem bark of Euonymus hamiltonianus. Chemistry of Natural Compounds 45(3) 377-80.