Most members of the spike-thorn family are tropical, but a few genera, including Euonymus, are well-represented in temperate climates – in some areas, too well-represented. Though the striking foliage of compact burning bush has high ornamental appeal, it's been observed to be an invasive plant in eastern North America. This behaviour has not been noted in the maritime climates of western North America, where it is a Great Plant Pick (PDF) | GPP web site.
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