Winged Euonymus

Euonymus alatus

''Euonymus alatus'', known variously as winged spindle, winged euonymus, or burning bush, is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae, native to central and northern China, Japan, and Korea. The common name "burning bush" comes from the bright red fall color.
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alatus)  Introduced/Invasive. Near the Natchaug river, filling the forest understory.
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/124142/winged_euonymus_euonymus_alatus.html Euonymus alatus,Fall,Geotagged,United States,Winged Euonymus

Appearance

This deciduous shrub grows to 6.1 m tall, often wider than tall. As with the related ''Euonymus phellomanus'', the stems are notable for their four corky ridges or "wings." The word ''alatus'' is Latin for "winged," in reference to the winged branches.

These structures develop from a cork cambium deposited in longitudinal grooves in the twigs' first year, unlike similar wings in other plants. The leaves are 2–7 cm long and 1–4 cm broad, ovate-elliptic, with an acute apex. The flowers are greenish, borne over a long period in the spring. The fruit is a red aril enclosed by a four-lobed pink, yellow, or orange capsule.
Winged Spindle - Euonymus alatus This bush has bright red leaves in the autumn, and is also called "burning bush".  The branches are winged and the fruit is dry, splitting open when ripe. Status: invasive

Habitat: Growing along the edge of a forest.
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77394/winged_spindle_-_euonymus_alatus.html
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77393/winged_spindle_-_euonymus_alatus.html Euonymus alatus,Geotagged,United States,Winter

Distribution

''Euonymus alatus'' native distribution extends from northeastern Asia to central China. Besides central and eastern China, Euonymus alatus also appears in Korea, Japan, and the Sakhalin islands of eastern Russia.

The ''Euonymus alatus'' plant is nonnative to North America. In the United States, burning bush is found in New England, as well as Illinois, and extends south to northern Florida and the Gulf Coast. It is currently considered an invasive species in 21 states.
Winged Spindle - Euonymus alatus This bush has bright red leaves in the autumn, and is also called "burning bush". The branches are winged and the fruit is dry, splitting open when ripe. Status: invasive

Habitat: Growing along the edge of a forest.

In winter, it looks like this:
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77393/winged_spindle_-_euonymus_alatus.html Euonymus alatus,Fall,Geotagged,United States,Winged spindle,burning bush

Status

This plant is regarded as an invasive species of woodlands in eastern North America, and its importation and sale is prohibited in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Winged Euonymus This is a picture of Euonymus Alatus at the Glen Artney Area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Catonsville, Maryland. Euonymus alatus,Fall,Geotagged,United States,Winged Euonymus

Habitat

In its native areas, Euonymus alatus occurs in forests, woodlands, and scrublands from sea level to 8,900 feet elevation.
Winged Euonymus This is a picture of Winged Euonymus at the Mckeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park in Carroll County, Maryland.  Euonymus alatus,Geotagged,Spring,United States

Uses

All parts of the plant are toxic by ingestion, causing severe discomfort.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderCelastrales
FamilyCelastraceae
GenusEuonymus
SpeciesE. alatus