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Campus Gardens

Euonymous alata
Burning Bush
Family: Celastraceae

Burning Bush is a deciduous shrub or small tree with an irregular crown. There are two varieties of burning bush that are commonly grown on campus. The standard 'Winged Euonymus' grows 8' to 10' tall and up to 15' wide. The common variety, 'Compactus' grows to only about 4 to 6 feet tall and about the same width. Its name is derived from its fire like colors during autumn. Buds are very scaly and the twigs are green to dark purplish-brown, four-angled and with spiny tips. The bark is very cork like and in some variation grown irregularly to produce 'wings' along branches. It is also planted as an ornamental for its brilliant red autumn foliage. Small flowers are followed by showy orange red berries. It also can be used to hide utilities from sight or any other items that need a screen. Light pruning can be done at anytime, but severe pruning is best done during the winter dormant season. It's hardy in Zones 4-9. Burning Bush can be found in the Entrance Gardens and the Public Safety area.

Colleen Tobin

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