Euonymus alata

Winged Burning Bush

Origin Of Species
Physical Description
Winged burning bush is a large deciduous shrub that can reach fifteen inches in height and width.  The characteristic branches display corky wings and may be a grayish brown.  Opposite leaves are elliptical and dark green and may reach three inches in length.  In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant red.  Flowers are small and yellowish-white in color, appearing in late April to June.  Fruits are relatively inconspicuous and are green in summer months, turning red and orange as they split open in the fall. 
Habitat And Distribution
Winged burning bush is often planted as an ornamental hedge, but can also be found in forests, coastal scrublands, and prairies.  It is prominent in the northeastern United States, as far south as South Carolina and west as Illinois and Iowa.
Location On Campus
Winged burning bush is cultivated infrequently on campus, most notably on the south-east corner of Puryear Hall and behind Weinstein Hall.
Negative Impacts
Winged burning bush generates copious amounts of seeds, which are favored by birds that facilitate dispersion.  As it grows, it crowds and shades out native vegetation.
VDCR Invasiveness Ranking
Highly Invasive Species

Additional Images:  Branch with leaves   Fruits with branch and leaves   Fruits with leaves

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