burningbush (Euonymus alatus)
Celastraceae, the staff-tree family

How to recognize winged burning bush. This is a nonnative shrub with oppositely arranged leaves that are elliptic, long-pointed, and finely serrate. The most distinctive feature is the elaborately winged stems.

winged burning bush

It’s called “burningbush,” after its brilliant fall foliage.

Burningbush burning. October 27, 2003, Hocking County OH.

Ooh ooh. I have a question!

Are there any native members of the genus Euonymus in Ohio?

Yes, there are three. One of them, running strawberry-bush, can be seen growing at Stratford just beneath the invasive winged burning bush. It is a prostrate woody vine with obovate leaves. 

running strawberry-bush foliage

The fruits are amazing! They are bumpy pink capsules bursting open to reveal a few large seeds, each covered with an red-orange seed coat.

running strawberry-bush fruits at Stratford 
October 17, 2022)

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