A genus of evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs, natives of Europe, Asia, Japan and the United States, with opposite leaves and small inconspicuous flowers. All are hardy in California and of easy growth, standing the harsh winds of the coast counties very well and enduring rough treatment of every kind better than most of our common shrubs do. Some of the variegated kinds are considered to be among our most ornamental shrubs.
Euonymus grandiflorus grows to the height of twenty feet.
Euonymus Japonica is the most attractive of the species, being smooth-leaved, of good habit and carrying no dust, with small white flowers, and is also very handsome in the Fall and Winter when covered with its bright-red berries. It is exceedingly effective when grouped about the margins of the lawn or as a background for more delicate shrubs, also when massed with Laurel, Pittosporum, Veronica and others. There are many varieties of this useful and ornamental shrub. Euonymus Japonica aurea, Euonymus Japonica argentea and Euonymus Japonica Due de Anjou are all very desirable.
Euonymus latifolia, the broad-leaved Euonymus, is another of the type which should be in every collection as should also be its varieties with their gold or silver variegated leaves.
Propagate by cuttings of the last season's growth inserted, in October, in sandy soil, or by seeds sown one-eighth of an inch deep in early Spring; in either case place in a cold frame.