Other names: Bitter ash, burning bush, indian arrow wood, indian arrow, indian root, spindle tree, strawberry tree, pegwood, wauhoo, whahow

Scientific name: Euonymus atropurpureus

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Family: Celastraceae

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Common parts used: Bark on the root


Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: upto 25 feet

Actions:  Alterative, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, tonic

Known Constituents: Bitter principle, euonic acid, crystalline glucoside, asparagins, fat, culvitol, 14% ash and resins

Constituents Explained:


Wahoo is a deciduous shrub or small tree that grows up to 25 feet high. The bark is gray and its smooth, somewhat quadrangular branches bear opposite, elliptic, pointed leaves that are finely serrate and fine-haired underneath. Axillary cymes of 7 or more purple flowers appear during June. The fruit develops in October and is a scarlet, four-lobed capsule containing brown seeds with scarlet arils. Its most striking appearance is presented in winter, when its pale purple fruits have burst open and been exposed by the fallen leaves, all against a backdrop of glaring snow. It is this appearance which has earned it the nickname of burning bush. Wahoo can be recognized by the unusual structure of its fruit after the leaves drop in the autumn

Traditional Use:

A strong laxative that has been used in chest infections.1  Thought of as a liver herb. Like many liver herbs, its also used for the gallbladder.  Tends to help bile come out in th feces.  

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