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Euonymus atropurpureus Jacq.

Burning Bush

Modern name

Euonymus atropurpureus Jacq.

A deciduous shrub 6 to 12 ft high, or a small tree; young shoots glabrous. Leaves oval or narrowly obovate, tapered at both ends, 2 to 512 in. long, 34 to 214 in. wide, finely toothed, dark green and nearly glabrous above, downy beneath; stalk 13 to 23 in. long. Flowers seven to fifteen, in twice or thrice branched cymes 1 to 2 in. long, expanding in July; each flower 13 in. across, of a dark purple; the parts in fours. Fruit glabrous, four-lobed, crimson on pendent stalks; aril scarlet.

Native of the eastern and central United States; introduced in 1756. In some parts of its native habitat it attains the dimensions of a tree 20 to 25 ft high, with a trunk 1 to 112 ft in girth. It has no special merit in this country.



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