Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!


Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or you can choose a plant family:

Euonymus occidentalis

Euonymus occidentalis Nutt. ex Torr.

Western Burning Bush, Western Spindle-tree, Western Wahoo

Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)

Synonym(s): Euonymus occidentale

USDA Symbol: EUOC8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


From the Image Gallery

No images of this plant

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Fruit: Pink to purple.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Deep moist woods, shaded stream banks and canyons.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Euonymus occidentalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Euonymus occidentalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Euonymus occidentalis


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

Go back