What flower is that?

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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