Burning bush

(Euonymus alatus)

Burning bush, also called winged euonymous, is a plant native to Asia. It has beautiful red leaves in the fall, which is how it got its name. It was introduced into this country because it is a very pretty bush to have in your garden.

The leaves are oval, about 1 to 3 inches long. It has cork-like ridges along its stems, giving them a "winged" appearance.

Unfortunately for wetlands, burning bush is a highly invasive plant. This means it spreads quickly, taking over. It grows well in damp soil and in the shade, where it crowds out native wetland plants.

If it is planted for show in your yard, its seeds can be easily spread by birds and choke out nearby wild plants. Please do not plant this in your garden. Its sale is prohibited in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.


Berries in summer

Berries in September

Berries in October

Berries in October

Leaves in October

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