Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Winged Burning-bush - Euonymus alatus   (Thunberg) Siebold
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Author(Thunberg) Siebold
DistributionScattered across the state; likely to occur in many more counties.

Native of eastern Asia; in N.A. ME to Ont. and MN, south to GA and KS; also MT, UT.
AbundanceRare. Frequently cultivated, likely to be more occurrences of escapes in NC.
HabitatRoadbanks, wooded slopes, disturbed woods, playground, creekside woods.
PhenologyFlowering April-June; fruiting September-October.
IdentificationThis is a shrub potentially up to 15 feet tall, but mostly less than half that. Branches and branchlets are opposite, often straight, generally in one plane, and winged. Flowers occur on the branchlets, with 4 yellow-green petals. Fruits are obovoid, purple-brown. Leaves are deciduous and petioles short (1-5 mm) -- these separate it from all our other species except E. americanus, which does not have wings on the branchlets and has green twigs.
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Other Common Name(s)Winged Euonymus
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Global RankGNR
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