Brilliant red Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ shrubs *
(u-ON-i-mus a-LA-tus); alata means winged
Close up of burning bush fall foliage
Rhododendron 'Doris Amateis'are planted underneath as a nice contrast.
 
Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ is a dense, round, deciduous shrub, which can grow to 10 feet. Stems have ridges or "wings", however, they often do not develop as fully in this cultivar to the extent they do in the species.  
 
Flowers are small and inconspicuous.  Much of the reddish-purple fruit falls before the leaves drop.
 
The Nature Conservancy warns about the invasive nature of E. alatus as follows: "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, notably in Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. E. alatus is a threat to woodland areas, fields, and coastal scrubland because it outcompetes native species."
 
Location on campus:
On the east side of Hamersly Library
 
Take a peek at what's still blooming in the College of Education's garden
* Information from Oregon State University's Landscape Plants web site.