Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


540

Shrub; Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in bottomland forests, riverbanks, mostly on rich alluvial sediments, or on slopes over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 113-03-001:
Euonymus atropurpureus   FAMILY Celastraceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
American Wahoo, Burning Bush


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image of Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus

Sam Pratt    sbp_1733

May    Spartanburg County    SC

In cultivation

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

image of Euonymus atropurpureus var. atropurpureus

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 var. atropurpureus

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 var. atropurpureus

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 var. atropurpureus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeatropurpureus_bark

Month Unknown        

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