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Burningbush, Eastern Wahoo, Spindle Tree, Indian Arrow-Wood - Euonymus atropurpureus


Family: Celastraceae Bittersweet family Genus Common Name: Spindletree Native Status: Native
Euonymus atropurpureus - Burningbush, Eastern Wahoo, Spindle Tree, Indian Arrow-Wood. While Burningbush is the common name listed by the USDA, it is probably more commonly known as Eastern Wahoo. It grows as a shrub or small tree found throughout the eastern and central United States except for Vermont. It is found as far west as Montana. Synonyms are E. carolinensis & E. latifolius.

Wahoo Bark is an herbal medicine that is used for constipation and gall bladder problems, according to Mercy Hospitals.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV

Distribution of Euonymus atropurpureus in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 27 Nov 2014). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Mountain Cove Farm, Walker County, Ga Date: 2010-October-30Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The fall leaves and fruits of Burningbush could make this a colorful addition to a native garden.
Euonymus atropurpureus

Site: Mountain Cove Farm, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-October-30Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The relationship to Bursting Hearts (Euonymus americanus) is clear from the similar seedpods.
Click on the photo for a larger image
Euonymus atropurpureus

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All content except USDA Plants Database map Copyright Gerald C. Williamson 2014
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