Euonymus alatus

Scientific name: Euonymus alatus


Common names: “Winged euonymus” “Burning bush” “winged spindle tree”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun – part shade, tolerates more shade with dim colour

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered

Soil: Average – poor, better colour with poorer soil

Moisture: Well drained! drought tolerant once established, tolerant of moisture fluctuations


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Plant Size: H 15-30′ W 10-15′

Leaf and Stem shape: Oval leaves turning rosy-crimson in autumn on corky winged twigsImage result for euonymus alatus

Flower: Small, greenish flowers followed by purplish-red fruits splitting to reveal orange seeds

Pruning: Never use heading back cuts, prone to winter dieback but otherwise best left alone

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: All seasons interest, focal point, mixed borders

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Nothing significant

*Usually deer resistant

Comments: The stems wings bring some great winter interest for this shrub, also the leaf shape is different with interesting curvature

Cultivars: ~AGM winner E. a. ‘Compactus’ – smaller but can revert

E. a. ‘Fireball’ – tighter form with less winter dieback

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