Eastern Wahoo

Arbor walk #47

This small tree is a Missouri and Chicago-region native offering attractive bright red fruit and beautiful color in the fall. The shrub is highly adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, and in the wild grows in many environments from wooded stream banks to open thickets. Though all parts of the plant are today recognized as poisonous if ingested, the bark, leaves and fruit were all historically used for medicinal purposes.

Name Eastern Wahoo
Latin Name Euonymus atropurpureus
Type Native
Diameter 2″ caliper
Color of Leaf Dark green turn to red
Shape of Leaf 5″ oval to elliptical
Color of Flower Purple
Shape of Flower Small and inconspicuous
Fruit Characteristics Scarlet red capsules
Bark Characteristics Dark brown and smooth
Foliage Type Deciduous

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