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Spindle Tree

The fruits of Euonymus europaeus, the spindle tree or, more accurately, spindle bush.  I come across several of these distinctive bushes on my walks, both round Whiteknights Park and Chazey Wood, but it was only last week that I took the trouble to identify them.  I had assumed that they were a foreign species that had escaped from gardens but they are actually native to Britain.

This is what the leaves look like:

Photos taken in Whiteknights Park, Reading, UK, on 2012-10-14.

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