Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: Berries

Scale: Low

Stomach pain, vomiting, convulsions, loss of consciousness.



Common Name(s)


Latin Name

Euonymous Europaeus


The leaves are elongated, oval and pointed at the tip turning red in autumn. The bark is grey and smooth. The small flowers are greenish in colour. The fruits are deep pink that split to reveal an orange covered seed. Cultivated varieties are grown for their striking autumn foliage and fruits.


The fruits or berries are the most likely part of the plant to cause poisoning.


Stomach pains, diarrhoea, vomiting. In severe cases convulsions and loss of consciousness.

Flowering Period

Summer followed by fruits in autumn.


Woodland and scrub, more common in chalky or limestone soils. Many cultivated varieties so also parks and gardens.