Eastern wahoo

Euonymus atropurpureus

Photo/Illustration: 
Kristina Jensen, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
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Eastern wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus)
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Genus:  Euonymus
Because it is a relative of the immensely popular burning bush ( E. alatus ), it isn't surprising that eastern wahoo has great fall color. This North American native grows as a small tree in the southern part of its range and as a large shrub on the Plains. The bright red of its fall foliage is amplified and extended by abundant clusters of scarlet fruits that persist after the leaves have fallen, providing color even into midwinter. Eastern wahoo is effective as an accent plant or when massed wherever a bold, surprising splash of color is desired.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  U.S. native. Beautiful fall color and fruit.
Care:  Provide full sun to partial shade and deep, fertile soil.
Propagation:  Root greenwood cuttings in summer, or sow fresh seed in a cold frame.
Problems:  Scale.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge,
Screening
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Shrubs

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