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WinterberryEuonymus bungeanus

  • Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra
A small tree or shrub with 3-4 inch light green leaves turning yellowish-red in autumn. Striking pinkish fruit opening to uncover the vivid orange seeds makes this a good choice to plant as a patio or specimen tree for display. Grows 18'-24' tall with 10'-12' spread. Rounded shape with slender branches. Tolerant of many soil conditions. Full sun to partial shade.

Hardiness Zones

The winterberry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–7. View Map

Tree Type

This is an ornamental shrub, typically planted for the visual interest and beauty it can bring to landscape.

Mature Size

The winterberry grows to a height of 18–24' and a spread of 10–12' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The winterberry grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils.


This shrub:
  • Features light green leave that are elliptic-ovate to elliptic-lanceolate and 2–4" in length. They turn yellowish-red in the fall.
  • Yields striking pinkish fruit that opens to uncover vivid orange seeds.
  • Can be grown as either a small tree or shrub.
  • Works well as a screen or hedge.
  • Develops slender, pendulous branches.
  • Grows in an oval shape.


It is native to northern China and Manchuria and was introduced in 1883.