I have a thing for certain plants: I lavish attention and interest on them all out of proportion, for reasons not even clear to me.
The viburnums are one such bunch, especially nannyberry, perhaps since I had such a difficult time identifying the first one decades back. Now, they’re everywhere I look. But I still get a thrill out of feeling their fluted leaf stems and confirming yes, this is a nannyberry.
I feel the same way with euonymus, all bright bi-colored fruit and corky winged twigs and the cherry on top of the Sunday: The delicate pink leaves of burning bush, like gentle pastel fires in an otherwise dreary landscape.
Though all the E’s have a million common names, call them what you will but pretty in pink is what they are.
Winged spindle-tree is also commonly called burning bush for its spectacular, scarlet fall foliage. Look also for flaky wings along the green-brown branches. Burning bush was first imported to the U. S. in 1860 as a popular ornamental shrub, and is now found everywhere along roadsides, forests edges, and fields. It is considered an invasive species. Birds eat the red fruits and hasten its dispersal around the landscape.