Plant Details

Euonymus alatus

Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush, Winged Wahoo

Scientific Name:

Euonymus alatus

Common Name:

Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush, Winged Wahoo

Plant Family

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)


Not Native to US

Invasive Status:

Rank 2 - Significant Threat (*)



Habitat Description:

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

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)


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!


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. :(


Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister


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


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. :(


Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister


USDA PLANTS Database Record
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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