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Eastern wahoo

Euonymus atropurpureus

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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 CharacteristicsU.S. native. Beautiful fall color and fruit.

CareProvide full sun to partial shade and deep, fertile soil.

PropagationRoot greenwood cuttings in summer, or sow fresh seed in a cold frame.


  • Genus : Euonymus
  • Plant Height : 10 to 15 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
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