Description from Flora of China
Euonymus crosnieri H. Léveillé & Vaniot; E. forbesianus Loesener; E. incertus Pitard; E. pellucidifolius Hayata; E. rostratus W. W. Smith; E. rubescens Pitard; E. vaniotii H. Léveillé.
Deciduous shrubs to small trees, 3-12 m tall, to 18 cm d.b.h.; branches greenish gray, terete, sturdy, twigs greenish, 4-angled or striate when dry. Petiole absent or to 4 mm; leaf blade thinly leathery, elliptic-obovate or ovate, 6-10(-12) × 2.5-3.5 cm, base attenuate, margin nearly entire proximally, crenate distally, apex caudate or with a long tail; lateral veins unclear or invisible. Peduncle slender, 2-3.5 cm, 1-3 × dichotomously branched with few flowers; pedicel 6-10 mm. Flowers 5-merous, ca. 8 mm in diam.; sepals semiorbicular, very small; petals purple, suborbicular. Capsule obovoid, base attenuate, 5-angled and grooved, pinkish or reddish when fresh, brown or yellow-brown to red-brown when dry, 8-10 mm × ca. 1.2 cm. Seeds ovoid, dark brown, partially covered by orange aril. Fl. Mar-Aug, fr. May-Nov.
Forests, woodlands, scrub; 300-2200 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Taiwan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang [Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Vietnam].