Euonymous

Location: Dyche Hall
Approximate blooming period: Fall

Burning bush, Euonymus alatus

Origin: Northeastern Asia to central China
Habitat: Deciduous shrub  Hardy to USDA Zone 4 (not as hardy as species)
Height and Form: 10-15 ft x 8-10 ft (2.4-3 m), dense, rounded form, formal "aristocratic" look.
Foliage and Bark: Leaves opposite, 2.5-7.5 cm long, medium to dark green, bright red in fall.  
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: Flowers small, 6 mm across, inconspicuous, yellow-green, 4-petaled, perfect (male and female parts in same flower). Fruit reddish-purple, ovoid, 6-8 mm, much of it falls before its leaves drop. 
Culture: Sun to part shade, very adaptable plant, not particular about soil.
Name: alatus: winged, the shoots. 
Cultivars/Varieties

Wintercreeper euonymous, Euonymous fortunei var. coloratus

Origin: China
Habitat: Broadleaf evergreen vine or trailing shrub, also a mounding shrub 
Height and Form: 1-3 ft (30-75 cm) high, if supported can climb to 40- 70 feet high 
Foliage and Bark: Leaves of the species are opposite and usually 2.5-6.5 cm long, serrate margins, dark green and marked with silver veins
Flowers, Fruit and Seeds: 
Culture: Sun to part shade.  Prefers a light, well-drained soil, but tolerant of moisture and most soil types.  Easy to grow. 
Cultivars/Varieties

 

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