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Plant Details

Euonymus alatus

Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush, Winged Wahoo

Scientific Name:

Euonymus alatus

Genus:

Euonymus

Species Epithet:

alatus

Common Name:

Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush, Winged Wahoo

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Native/Alien:

Not Native to US

Invasive Status:

Rank 2 - Significant Threat (*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Suburban woodlands. Weakley (2015) shows it as a rare non-native throughout NC, but it is spreading.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Native of east Asia, this plant is widely sold in the landscape trade, and is highly invasive.

Young Plants Showing Fall Color

It's perfectly plain why it would be a desirable garden plant - just check this autumn color!

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Colony Showing Fall Color

Here is a young mother plant, towering over my head. Very pretty! Note all the teenage plants to either side, however. They also are mothers. :(

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Seeds

Here are the seeds in the autumn, all the little red ovals. The plants are full of them.

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Invasive Infants

Marked with yellow in the photo, infants at the end of their first season, are only several inches tall. As far as I can tell every seed is good and all the infants healthy. I've never seen a dead infant other than the ones I pulled up and killed. The seeds go everywhere. :(

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Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=3023


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