What plant is that?

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Eastern Wahoo

Photo credit: Garry Plunkett

Fall is the time to see this widespread native shrub. That’s when its small, nondescript summer flowers produce the brilliant purple-red, four lobed fruit. As the fruit matures the outer skin splits to reveal an orange seed, creating a two-toned effect. The kinship of this plant to winged euonymous is evident in the subdued wings seen on its young shoots.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
 
Euonymous atropurpureus
Common Name:
  Eastern Wahoo or Burning Bush
Family:
  Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)
Habitat:
  Understory shrub usually found in moist woods and along streams
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