Shrub ID?

ritmatt(GA 7b)November 23, 2012

Any idea what kind of shrub this is (the one with the red leaves)? It has bright red berries and is growing in a yard in western NC. The owner thought it was a Nandina but it looks nothing like the Nandinas in my yard in GA.

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ritmatt(GA 7b)

Here's a photo of the berries.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 4:19PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Looks like Euonymus...I live on the other side of the country and we don't have native Euonymus here, but Euonymus americanus is native in your area, has similar fruit and leaf arrangement, and is known for stunning fall color. Try Googling images of E. americanus and see if it resembles your shrub. You are correct, it is NOT a Nandina!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 6:19PM
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ritmatt(GA 7b)

F&F - I think you were close, but after doing the searches you suggested, I now think it's Euonymus Alatus or "Burning Bush". Interestingly, it looks like it's considered an invasive species in North Carolina, but does not appear to be listed as such in Georgia.

Thanks for your help!

Here is a link that might be useful: Euonymus Alatus

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 7:32PM
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ritmatt(GA 7b)

Update: Looks like it IS listed in GA as a "Category 4" invasive species.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 8:40PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

You're welcome! Sure does look like E. alatus!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:20PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Fruits are diagnostic.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 10:54PM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

yes indeed! Even at the dna level...

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 11:37PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the winged branches are diagnostic for me .. they almost look square some times [which is rare in nature] ..... when there arent berries on it ...

and the fact that it ended up... free range in a yard.. answers just about all questions of whether it is .. or should be considered invasive ...

ken

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:11AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

At least one other fairly prevalent cultivated species, with different fruits has ridges on the stems.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 1:17PM
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