Euonymus atropurpureus (Wahoo)


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Wahoo is a small tree or shrub that is fairly common in Missouri and other mid-western states.  Deer and rabbits may gnaw on the leaves and stems; young plants could need some protection until established.  The showy fruits are eaten by birds (including turkeys).  Small bees and flies visit the flowers in late spring, and caterpillars from several moth species will be attracted to the foliage.

Wahoo bark from the stem & root and oil from the seed has been used medicinally.  Native Americans sometimes used wahoo to make arrows.

Uses:  medicinal, fall color, pollinators, wildlife
Bloom time:  May to June

Height:  10 to 20 feet
Space:  8 to 16 feet

Sun:  Sun to medium shade
Moisture:  Average to moist

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