E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Euonymus occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr.
western strawberry-bush (western wahoo)
Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Adolf Ceska  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #21249)

E-Flora BC Static Map
Distribution of Euonymus occidentalis
Click here to view our interactive map and legend
Details about map content are available here
Click on the map dots to view record details.

Euonymus occidentalis var. occidentalis

Species Information

Click on the image below to view an expanded illustration for this species.

Deciduous shrub; stems glabrous, grooved, 2-5 m tall.
Opposite, deciduous, leathery, oval to elliptic; leaf margins toothed, 5-10 cm long; stipules minute or lacking.
Capsules; seeds covered by a reddish-orange, fleshy outgrowth.
The Tokyo (1994) edition of the International Botanical Code listed Euonymus as a nomenclaturally conserved name over the spelling 'Evonymus', which was originally used by Linnaeus.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic forests and thickets in the lowland and montane zones; rare in SW BC, known only from Courtenay, Vancouver Island; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Euonymus occidentale Nutt. ex Torr., orth. var.

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References