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Euonymus alatus

Euonymus alatus (Thunb.) Siebold

Euonymus alata (Thunb.) Siebold orth. var.

Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderCelastralesAbout 1300 varied mostly tropical and subtropical plants
FamilyCelastraceaeStaff vine or bittersweet family of vines, shrubs and small trees
GenusEuonymusFrom the Greek eu, “good,” and onoma, “a name”
Speciesalatus

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Burning bush, so-called for its brilliant red fall foliage, is a native of northeastern Asia. It was introduced to North America in the 1860s as an ornamental plant. It spreads rapidly and is now classified as an invasive.

Identification: This shrub grows up to 10' (3 m) tall. Leaves are 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long, and about ½-¾" (1.3-1.9 cm) wide. Branches have unusual “wings”—four brown corklike protrusions running the length of each branch. This is the easiest way to identify this euonymus. Flowers are inconspicuous. Berries are oval in shape, sharply pointed at each end, and bright red-orange, encased in a capsule that may be yellow, pink, purple, or orange. Leaves turn bright red or red-purple in the fall.

Edibility: Poisonous Skull & Crossbones I found inconsistent information about this, but parts of this plant may be poisonous if ingested.

Online References:

Euonymus alatus on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook

Euonymus alatus at Illinois Wildflowers

Euonymus alatus at the Bugwood Wiki

Euonymus alatus on Invasive.org, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Euonymus alatus at the University of Connecticut Plant Database

Euonymus alatus on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants

Euonymus alatus on Wikimedia Commons

Euonymus alatus on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

10/13/2008 · ME

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

10/22/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

9/13/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

9/13/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 15 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

10/22/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Euonymus alatus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

9/13/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 8 × 12" (20 × 31 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

5/21/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

5/30/2014 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (23 × 16 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

10/22/2009 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Spindle, Winged Euonymus)

5/30/2014 · Tom and Susan’s, Pepperell, MA
≈ 6 × 5" (15 × 13 cm)

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