Celastraceae - bittersweet family
Species that grow without cultivation on Mount Desert Island

compiled by the
Champlain Project - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653

(updated 4 August 2018)

Celastraceae - bittersweet family
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Mount Desert Island is home to 3 species in 2 genera. Click on a link below or scroll down for more information.
   Celastrus (1 species)
      Celastrus orbiculatus - Asian bittersweet (occasional [see note 1 at bottom of page])
   Euonymus (2 species)
      Euonymus alatus - winged spindle-tree (uncommon)
      Euonymus atropurpureus - eastern spindle-tree (uncommon)

leaf arrangement
Celastrus alternate
Euonymus opposite

Celastrus (bittersweet)
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Celastrus orbiculatus (Asian bittersweet) - [information to be added]

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Euonymus (spindle-tree)
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Euonymus alatus with corky, longitudinal ridges
Euonymus atropurpureus quadrangular, but without longitudinal ridges

Euonymus alatus (winged spindle-tree) - [information to be added]

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Euonymus atropurpureus (eastern spindle-tree) - [information to be added]

   1. Frequency designations are from the book The Plants of Acadia National Park (ISBN 978-0-89101-120-0) by Glen H. Mittelhauser, Linda L. Gregory, Sally C. Rooney, and Jill E. Weber, published in 2010 by The University of Maine Press.