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Euonymus atropurpureus, or Eastern Wahoo, is a large, gangly, deciduous shrub or small tree in the bittersweet family that is native to central and eastern United States. It can be grown in full sun to partial shade and tolerates most soil types so long as they are well-drained. It is often used as a hedge or screen in naturalized and woodland settings. Bright red fruit mature in fall and the leaves that become yellow or red are the shrub's best feature. The  epithet, atropurpureus, means dark purple in reference to the color of the fruits and fall foliage.


Euonymus atropurpureus, Eastern Wahoo

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