Euonymus atropurpureus

Eastern Wahoo
Attractive fruits and a great name
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$28.50/ 24" (1.5 gal.)
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Euonymus atropurpureus, commonly called Eastern wahoo, is a deciduous, native shrub or small tree which is most often grown for its attractive red berries and fall color. Occurs in the wild in open woods and thickets, near streams and on wooded slopes throughout the eastern United States. Typically appears as an upright, spreading, deciduous shrub with an irregular crown growing to 10-15' (less frequently to 25') tall. Dark green elliptic to ovate leaves (to 5" long) turn dull red to greenish red in fall. Small, purple flowers appear in the leaf axils in late spring but are not particularly showy. Scarlet red fruits (1/2" capsules) appear in autumn. Fruit is attractive to wildlife and is often considered to be the best ornamental feature of the shrub. Although the bark, leaves and fruits of eastern wahoo were formerly used for a variety of medicinal purposes, all parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. Also sometimes commonly called burning bush.

The species is asily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. A very adaptable shrub which tolerates wide range of soils and full shade. It will not tolerate wet, poorly-drained soil, however.

This is fun plant if for no other reason than the attractive fruits and the name.

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