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Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

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Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

This shrub is a relatively more compact cultivar of Euonymus alatus or Burning Bush. It is important to verify that the 'compactus' part of the plant name is present to obtain the 10 foot tall version rather than the 20 foot tall Euonymous alata. Its leaves offer bright red color in the fall. An even more compact cultivar is Euonymus Rudy ‘Haag’ which is 3 to 5 feet.

This compact shrub has a round shape, densely and attractively packed with foliage. The flowers are small and inconspicuous which develop into reddish-purple, 6 to 8 mm oval berries in the fall. 

No part of this plant, including the fruits, should be eaten as large quantities are poisonous especially to children but to any age. 

This deciduous shrub can be invasive if planted in less well tended native or similar gardens where it can spread into surrounding roadside or woodland areas. This is more likely in western NC. It grows in a variety of soils. 

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#red#sun#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#partial shade#green#shrub#pruning#bird friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#sun#deciduous#fall color#poisonous#partial shade#green#shrub#pruning#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euonymus
    Species:
    alatus
    Family:
    Celastraceae
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds eat berries in fall
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 11 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 11 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Inconspicuous, small, 6-8 mm, 4 petals, yellow-green.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenulate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Poisonous through ingestion. Symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, weakness, chills, coma. TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. Ingesting large amounts of any part of the plant can result in poisoning. CHILDREN may be attracted to fruits in fall. No part of this plant is edible, including seeds.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified, possibly a glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems