Euonymus atropurpureus -- Eastern Wahoo


Other namesEuonymus atropurpurea, Burning Bush, Indian Arrow Wood


E. atropurpureus is similar to E. americanus, which is found south of Michigan. Both species native to North America can be distinguished from the non-native E. alatus (Burning Bush, Winged Euonymus) by the presence of a winged stem on the latter.

See identification tips and distinguishing E. atropurpureus from other Euonymus in Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-alikes: an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic (PDF) by the New York Botanical Garden. 

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