Celastraceae, Euonymus europaeus ‘red cascade’, European spindle wood – Wisley Gardens, Surry, England
I caught this Euonymus europaeus in the prime of its color change at Wisley Gardens in Surry, England.
E. europaeus wood is very hard and strong. The common name Spindle wood refers to the use of this wood for making spindles to spin wool.
Although the fruit of E. europaeus is poisonous (due to the bright red/orange fruits, incidents of poisoning among children are relatively common), interestingly it contains theobromine, caffeine, and terpene alkaloids… Don’t let this tempt you, consumption can result in kidney failure possibly death.