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Euonymus alatus

Euonymus alatus

Common name winged burning bush
Family celastraceae
Life cycle shrub
Flowers small white
Size 8'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Most of the season, this is a reliably robust, deep green shrub - it's in autumn that it really shines. Right around the first frosts, the green makes way for a screaming purple-red color. More exposed plants and branches turn color first, making for two-tone shrubs in October, which is also when the berries take on their red color. Ours is planted on the berm in the back of the yard - it makes a statement even when seen from some distance away.

winged burning bush

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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