Prairie Radiance® Winterberry Euonymus -- Euonymus bungeanus ‘Verona’ (RFM-24)


summer fall color

This selection was derived as a second-generation seedling from seed originally received from the Highland Park Herbarium, Rochester, NY. Many seedlings from the second generation were winterhardy in zone 3. Five additional sources of superior plants of this species were obtained for comparative evaluation from the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, and also Mount Arbor Nursery, Shenandoah, IA, but none of these selections proved winter hardy in Zone 3. Prairie Radiance® produces a small 10 to 15 foot tree with a low branched trunk or multiple trunks. It has quality green foliage and produces reddish fall color in sandy-loam soils to an intense pink in Red River Valley clay soils. It produces a multitude of delicately pink-colored capsules, which begin coloring in mid-August. In mid- to late-September, the capsules split open, exposing bright reddish seeds. After the leaves drop, the gray-barked stems displaying the sequential color changes of the fruit are an attractive sight over an extended period. This plant is effective as a small specimen tree in yards, informal groupings in parks and other areas. Available in commercial nursery trade. Reaches semi-mature height of 10 to 15 feet in 15 to 18 years. Hardy in USDA Zone 3.

Potential Uses or Applications

Nursery stock, small specimen tree, multiple plants or groupings in parks and public grounds

Development Stage

Plant propagation material can be obtained from NDSU Plant Sciences Department or trees from licensed nursery subject to availability.

Patent Status

U.S. Trademark registered – Prairie Radiance®
Canadian Trademark registered

Licensing Status

This cultivar is available for non-exclusive licensing.

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