In yesterday's post I mentioned Euonymus alata, Burning Bush, a species that grows in my yard. Here it is! Alas, it's within the Massachusetts noxious list. I am harboring a criminal! :-)
"This, one of the best of all our decorative shrubs, grows native in Japan, Manchuria, the Amur region, and in north and central China. It is one of the shrubs easy to grow, accommodating itself readily to its surroundings, and is a thing of beauty in summer and winter. Its crisp fresh foliage gives it a dainty appearance in the month of May, when its flowers usually appear. As the season advances the leaves become of a grayer hue, and in the autumn turn to a rich crimson, which, with the bright orange-red of the exposed arils, makes it one of the most conspicuous shrubs of that season. As the leaves fall the bright red fruit appears even more conspicuous, and the corky wings, of a brown color, become more evident, adding a curious as well as attractive touch not seen in other shrubs. It may be readily propagated from seeds."
The New York Botanical Garder. Addisonia: Colored Illustrations and Popular Descriptions of Plants Volume 3. Lancaster, PA 1918. 7-8. Web. Google Book Search. 29 Oct 2009.