Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Winged Euonymus or Burning Bush

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Shrub: Large
  • Scientific Name: Euonymus alata Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Euonymus
  • Related Cultivars:

    Euonymus alata 'Compactum'
    Euonymus alata 'Nordine Strain'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 8-12'
  • Bloom Color: Not Applicable
  • Habit: Rounded
  • Culture:

    Adaptable, but is extremely intolerant of poorly drained areas. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    Interesting "winged" twigs. The fall color is a consistent brilliant pink-red. Makes an excellent clipped hedge and should be used more in this manner.

    In Wisconsin this plant is regulated as a Restricted Invasive weed that cannot be transported, transferred, or introduced without a permit.  To view the complete regulation see: Wisconsin Invasive species rule – NR 40

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Heading back is done to shape and reduce the size of the plant. Cut prominent shoots back inside the body of the plant to where they meet another branch.

    Heading back may be done from late fall to mid-July.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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