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 Native Plant Database

Euonymus americanus

American strawberry bush, Strawberry bush, Brook euonymus, Hearts-a-burstin, Bursting heart, Wahoo

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Euonymus americanus (American strawberry bush)
Cressler, Alan
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.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Dark Green
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: 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

Growing Conditions

Water 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.

Last Update: 2015-12-15