OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Celastrales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Euonymus atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae   Go to FSUS key


INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Euonymus atropurpureus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Euonymus atropurpurea var. atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 113-03-001:
Euonymus atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Euonymus atropurpureus

 

COMMON NAME:
American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush


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image of Euonymus atropurpureus, American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush

Sam Pratt    sbp_1733

May    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

Petioles 8-20mm long, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Euonymus atropurpureus, American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeatropurpureus_2

May?        

Flowers maroon or dark purple with transparent margins, in axillary cymes, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Euonymus atropurpureus, American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush

Ron Lance    rwl540_a

September        

Fruit a pinkish, smooth, 4-lobed capsule that splits open inconspicuously, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Euonymus atropurpureus, American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeatropurpureus_1

Month Unknown        

Leaf blades elliptical to ovate, 2-5" long, margins finely toothed, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

image of Euonymus atropurpureus, American Wahoo, Eastern Wahoo, Burning Bush

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeatropurpureus_bark

Month Unknown        

Bark ashy gray, thin, smooth, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Euonymus atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Euonymus atropurpureus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Euonymus atropurpurea var. atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 113-03-001:
Euonymus atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Euonymus atropurpureus

 

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540

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare

Habitat: Bottomland forests, riverbanks, mostly on rich alluvial sediments, or on slopes over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Maroon/ Purplish-brown
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
4 sepals
4 petals
4 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish
Capsule

 

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