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Eastern Wahoo

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This attractive versatile spreading shrub can grow into a small tree; fall color is variable from yellow to pink and red; shapely growth habit, interesting corky wings on branches; very adaptable; showy fruit is purplish-red

Characteristics

Species:
atropurpureus
Other Species Names:
Burning Bush, Bitter Ash
Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Genus:
Euonymus
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
can prune at anytime
Summer Foliage Color:
olive
Fall Color:
red
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Eastern Wahoo has olive green deciduous foliage on a tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding red in the fall. It produces purple capsules from early to late fall. The warty brown bark and olive green branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Eastern Wahoo is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Eastern Wahoo will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree performs well in both full sun and full shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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