Seed pods; bright yellow, tucked into the evergreen canopy of Euonymus wilsonii. Splitting apart into even segments revealing the red coated aril. A spectacular find at this time of year; just prior to bud burst and a new season commencing.
This woody shrub is found within forest scrub from 1000 – 2600 metres altitude on hillsides in western China.
Well worth growing here as a vigorous shrub with an open canopy reaching 3+ metres. Covered in shiny green leaves, simple in shape leading down to an elongated drip tip, edged with an uneven indent.
When shown a recent image of an Euonymus with yellowish fruit, I immediately thought of E. myrianthus, but an alternative was suggested of E. wilsonii, which I was not familiar with. On Googling the name your image appeared along with description. But I had previously checked Flora of China, where it clearly puts E. wilsonii in Euonymus sect. Echinococcus, stating ”Capsule red when fresh, yellow-brown or gray when dry, nearly globose, 1.5-2 cm in diam., 4-lobed, densely prickly, prickles 6-7 mm. ”
Has FOC got it wrong?
All the best