Not all deciduous leaf, autumn colours are fiery shades. The foliage on the Euonymus sieboldianus growing in the glasshouse border is virtually translucent. Just as rewarding in the landscape as a specimen with scarlet foliage. Pass this small tree in the early morning or at dusk to appreciate the lightness of colour. In addition appreciate the subtle pink fruits with red seeds exposed suspended from this year’s growth.
A native to eastern Asia of open woodland. There are specimens of E. sieboldianus growing near the western boundary showing, as yet, no sign of autumn colouration in the foliage. This group planting is from seed collected in Japan from parent plants growing within the lower limits of Fagus crenata forest at 1200m. One of these specimens is absolutely laden with fruit gradually segmenting apart exposing the seed.