Burning-bush Euonymous Euonymous atropurpureus
Family: Celastraceae (Stafftree)
Other names: Spindle Tree, Eastern Wahoo
This small southern tree is the only member of this genus native to Canada that can grow to tree size (the Strawberry-bushes
are trailing shrubs). It has greenish-purple twigs that often
have four vertical lines (sometimes slight ridges) running down the
side. Like other members of the family, its fruits are arils.
Several non-native species have been introduced as garden
ornamentals, the most common of which is Winged Euonymous. Another introduced species, European Euonymous (E. europaeus) apparently resembles Burning-bush Euonymous quite closely.
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