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wintercreeper or climbing Euonymus fortunei
is a woody vine native to Asia. It has simple, leathery, oppositely-arranged
leaves. The small, yellow-green flowers are borne in clusters during June.
The fruit is a smooth capsule that splits open in the fall to reveal a
red covering over the black seeds. The seeds are dispersed by birds in
their wastes throughout woodlands. Wintercreeper vines grow on the ground,
covering native wildflowers and threatening their survival. The prolific
formation of adventitious roots allows this vine to climb and interfere
with the growth of trees.
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