Scientific Name: Euonymus alatus
Common Name(s): Burning Bush, Winged Burning bush, Winged Spindletree, Winged Euonymus
INVASIVE to MAINE
Research Summary: Rachel M.
|This research was difficult because there were mostly sale websites where this plant was for sale. There were some resources that were good, but there weren't a lot. It was surprising that there are a lot of burning bush plants around here. I would not think that there would be that many. Some of the most important things that I discovered was how you can get rid of this plant such as pulling out the roots and burning them. There are some different ways that you can take care of this plant. You can take care of this plant by watering it a giving it moist soil. Also, if the Burning bush is in the full sun the red colors will stay but the shade will fade those colors.|
Taxonomy of Species
| Scientific Classification
|| What That Classification Means|
|| Eukaryotic, many-celled,don't move,members make their own food.|
|| A class of flowering plants that produce seeds enclosed in an ovary (is |
part of the female reproductive organ of the flower).
|| Flowering plants that has two leaves, or cotyledons, in the embryo (an |
organism in its early stages of development) of the seed.
|Order||Celastrales|| Is an order of flowering plants.|
|| Family of flowering plants having two cotyledons ( a leaf of the embryo of |
a seed of a plant) in the seed.
|| Is a genus of flowering plants in the staff vine family, Celastrace.|
||Burning bush, a flowering plant.|
Similar species include: Strawberry Bush, Eastern Wahoo, Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum, Sweetgum, Winged Elm, Virginia Sweetspire, Dwarf Witch Alder, Fragrant Sumac, Winged Sumac.
Location and Movement
|Origin/ Native Range
|| It was brought over as an ornamental plant and spread quickly. It was brought to the U.S. in the |
|Spread of Species||
|Where is it now invasive?|| Burning bush is found from New England to northern Florida and the Gulf Coast and also in Illinois. |
|Is this species in Maine?
|Where has it been identified?
|| Has shown up in the warmest coastal areas of Maine. The dwarf bush has trouble surviving in most |
|How was this species introduced?
Most likely introduced for ornamental purposes.
|Climate and Temperature Range
||Nutrients from soil and water and through photosynthesis. |
|Human||Humans like it for ornamental reasons.|
|Economic||Helps nurseries economically because people buy the burning bush for landscaping.|
|Cultural|| Convince nurseries to not sell as an ornamental shrub and educate home owners on its invasive |
nature so they don't plant it in their yard.
|Chemical|| Can be controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides such as |
glyphosate, imazapyr, or triclopyr. Also, cut stumps can be sprayed or painted with glyphosate.
- In the fall the burning bush turns red and looks like it's burning.