Flaigg, Norman G.
Euonymus americanus L.
American strawberry-bush, Strawberry bush, Brook euonymus, Hearts-a-burstin, Bursting-heart, Wahoo
Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)
This airy, deciduous shrub
grows 6-12 ft. tall. Its ridged twigs become purplish when exposed to the sun. Pale green flowers with purple stamens
have five, distinct clawed petals. Bright green, oval
leaves become dark red in fall when bright red fruits open to reveal orange seeds.
The Strawberry Bush is a member of the staff tree
or bittersweet family (family Celastraceae), which includes shrubs, woody vines, and mostly small trees.
Image Gallery: 9 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Dark Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MS , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV , DC Native Distribution:
FL to TX, n. to s. NY & Ohio R. valley Native Habitat: Deciduous
woods; low, sandy thickets; swamps USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Although it will tolerate full shade, strawberry bush fruits best when grown in light shade. It is susceptible to Euonymus scale.