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Cultural Details for Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

Common Name:
Compact Burning Bush, Winged Euonymus

Growth Rate:
Slower growth and more compact than species; produces one major growth flush in spring and shuts down.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Ornamentally unimportant, perfect, yellow-green, 3-flowered cyme, May-early June

Fruit Details:
0.25-0.33" long capsule, red, September through late fall, not showy for fruit

Fall Color:
Usually a brilliant red

Bark Details:
Green to brown with 2-4 prominent, corky wings 0.25-0.5" broad, generally the more vigorous shoots have the biggest wings, glabrous. Branches are more slender and more densely born than species.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious; does not contract scale.

Native Habitat:
Northeastern Asia to Central China. Introduced about 1860.

Other Features:
Landscape value unlimited; makes an excellent hedge or screen without pruning, good in groups, as a specimen plant, borders, screening, massing. Has invasive tendencies in some environments.

Culture and Care:
Easily transplanted; very adaptable tolerating widely divergent soils; sun and also performs well in heavy shade; not tolerant of water logged soils; pH adaptable; withstands heavy pruning; should be watered in hot, dry situations. Not as hardy as species

This plant was blooming:
4/19/2010 - 5/10/2010
5/20/2005 - 5/27/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 79, Bed 165

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.