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Tree Campus: Variegated Littleleaf Euonymus

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Variegated Littleleaf Euonymus

Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’ (CELASTRACEAE)



China, Korea, Japan



This plant is pollinated by bees, and is a hermaphrodite.

The larvae of the euonymus leaf notcher, Pryeria sinica (ZYGAENIDAE), eat the leaves of Euonymus japonicus in groups, often defoliating the host plant.


Cultural and Historical Significance

Traditional medicinal uses include using the bark as an antirheumatic, diuretic, and tonic. The leaves were used for difficult childbirth. Note that parts of the plant may be poisonous.



Roots and stems yield 7% gutta-percha, a non-elastic rubber used for electrical insulation and making plastics. The leaf extract is a component of some cosmetic preparations. Can also be grown as a hedge.



(n.d.). Retrieved from

Tsubaki, Y., & Shiotsu, Y. (1982). Group feeding as a strategy for exploiting food resources in the burnet moth Pryeria sinica. Oecologia, 55(1), 12-20.

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