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Burning Bush

A row of planted burning bushes next to a road. The bushes have bright red leaves.

Other names: Burning bush, winged euonymus, winged spindletree, winged wahoo, Euonymus alatus

Where did it come from?

Introduced as ornamental in 1860s from western Asia and found to be invading natural areas in 1960 – 1970s.

Why is it invasive?

Tolerant of full shade, can grow in dense thickets, and displace native plants.

How do you prevent its spread?

Remove already established plants and replace them with native species.


Burning Bush Video

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Image credit: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org