Invasive SpeciesBurning bush

Euonymus alatus
FOUND by Clueless Cumugins
South Portland
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Mrs. Gurnee
Peer reviewed by The Doodlebops
Field Notes
On a crisp Monday morning on October 20 Annie , Grace , Frank and I went to Trout Brook and took some pictures of leaves , plants , trees and the whole ecosystem that was thriving just a few weeks ago but some plants still live. We saw birds and squirrels running up and down trees , but most of the birds were.... sadly flying south. But we're here FREEZING or toes off In 10:00 in the morning !!! On the first day we wondered around Trout Brook on the side nearest to Brown school , not really focusing on one part of the Brook . We took some close ups of leaves that have died from the cold but during the summer a fat and happy caterpillar devoured . We also found a bee that clearly wasn't happy about the incoming rain storm and the cold weather. But on the second day we focused on this one plant that . The second day , the conditions were about the same . The plant was invasive and had very cherry red stems that was cubed shaped. It didn't have any thorns , it was a shame that that plant was invasive because it was beautiful with pepper shaped buds that will bloom later this year on next. The plants stem was ridged and stood tall when the wind blew. The top of the leave was rough and the bottom was very smooth and if you looked closely you can see week old pollen. It smelled of well... dirt and grass and some more dirt.
A sketch of our study site.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The buds look like very small red hot chilly pepers that are about 1 inch apart from the others . They have little green pufs of leaves that bined the bud to thr branch. Every branch has the little bids that arent very strong , ifyomu barly tap it will probubly fall of !! They were almost ready to bloom but the eary cold stoped it from blooming.
Photo of my evidence.
We know that we found the burning bush because the burning bush has a stem with a kind of round base and has theses square shapes on the outside.The stem was green and brown. The brown had two kinds of brown, light brown and dark brown. The inside was light brown and the inside was dark. The stem itself was light green and had little brown dots. The stem also had little curves at the top of branches.
Photo of my evidence.
We found the burning bush , because the bush has pinkish red leaves. They have a light shade of green in the middle but the leaves are about to turn red like the rest of the leave. The leaves are a raindrop or teardrop shape with a point at the top and smooth edges. The leaves look to be about 1 to 4 inches longs.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Euonymus alatus
Common name:
Burning bush
Sampling method: 
Quadrat (user-placement)
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 43.634421 °
W -70.250680 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Mill Creek Trout Brook
Trip date: 
Tue, 2014-10-21 12:10
Town or city: 
South Portland
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey


i love how close up it is

Hi clueless cumugins, this is a really well done observation! I love your field notes and how descriptive they were. I really can imagine being there. Your evidence also has lots of great information and descriptions of your find.

Keep up the good work and happy observing!