Winged Euonymus

Burning Bush, or winged euonymus (Euonymus alatus), is an invasive of major concern in Connecticut. It spreads to forest edges, old fields, and roadsides but also deep within forests. Birds and other wildlife eat and disperse the fruit. A shrub that established a foothold in landscapes due to its bright red foliage in the fall and full shape that can reach heights up to 20 feet, it displaces native vegetation.

It is native to northeastern Asia and was first introduced into North America in the 1860s for ornamental purposes. Removing winged euonymus is strongly encouraged and a must for those seeking to promote pollinator-friendly spaces. To learn more about winged euonymus, visit