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Wahoo

Euonymus atropurpureus Jacq.

Wahoo
Figure 113.—Wahoo (Euonymus atropurpureus)
Other common names.—Burningbush, spindle tree, Indian arrowwood, bursting-heart, strawberry-tree, strawberry bush, American spindle tree, bitter ash, pegwood.

Habitat and range.—Wahoo is found in woods and thickets from Ontario and the eastern United States to Montana.

Description.—This shrub or small tree, which is from 6 to 26 feet in height, more often reaching only 10 feet, has an ashy gray bark and rather thin, pointed leaves from 1 1/2 to 5 inches in length and about half as wide. The purple flowers are produced in June in loose, slender-stemmed clusters of from 6 to 15 flowers each. The pale-purple fruit consists of four deeply cleft, flattened lobes. In autumn the capsules open and disclose the seed surrounded by a red, false seed coat, giving the bush a bright and showy appearance

The name wahoo is applied indiscriminately to Euonymus atropurpureus and E. americanus L., the latter a low and trailing bush having roughened, crimson capsules, to which the name burningbush more properly belongs.

Part used.—The bark of the root and the stem.


Sievers, A.F. 1930. The Herb Hunters Guide. Misc. Publ. No. 77. USDA, Washington DC.
Last update Friday, April 3, 1998 by aw