Developing Euonymus atropurpurea (Eastern wahoo) Cultivars

Our chief propagator has been finding and collecting seed from various east coast genotypes of Euonymus atropurpurea for many years.  Genotypes range from West Virginia to Connecticut.


See several cultivars are in development below.  The normal Eastern wahoo on the left is a nice saturated pink; many trees have much lighter pink, but the one shown would be considered typical.

The middle cultivar in development, Euonymus atropurpurea, is noticeably more saturated and has a little more UV light reflecting pigments that make it really stand out in the crowd.

The cultivar in development Euonymus atropurpurea, on the right, is very exciting.  The color shows deep red/purple tones as well as being super-saturated.  This selection also sports heavy fruit set, which could make it a candidate for the home landscaping trade.


For more information, write Mark at or call 855-PLANT-NATIVE.

Posted from the field by Mark