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Winged Euonymus. "Euonymus alatus was introduced into the USA from northeastern Asia around 1860 for use as an ornamental shrub. The bright red fall foliage of E. alatus makes this shrub a popular ornamental planting, and it is commonly planted along interstate highways, as hedges, and in foundation plantings. While it behaves well in urban areas, E. alatus planted near woodlands, mature second-growth forests, and pastures can be problematic. It has been observed escaping from cultivation in the northeast and midwest. E. alatus is a threat to woodland areas, fields, and coastal scrubland because it outcompetes native species" (Tunyalee Martin/Wildland Invasive Species Team).

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