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Euonymus obovatus

Running strawberry bush, Running euonymus

Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)

Euonymus obovatus (Running strawberry bush)
Bruso, George H.
Running strawberry-bush or running euonymus is a trailing, woodland groundcover which may grow to 12 in. in height, spreading almost indefinitely. Foliage is dense and turns brilliant tones of purple, maroon and pink in fall. These colors last until late Nov. or early Dec. When the leaves abscise, bright-green stems are revealed. The fruit capsule, preceded by pale-green flowers with purple stamens, is pink.

This is a very fast-growing ground cover.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AR , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MI , MO , NY , NC , OH , PA , TN
Native Distribution: W. NY & s. Ont. to MI & IL, s. to TN & MO
Native Habitat: Rich, dry to damp woods, thickets & slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Rich, moist soils.
Conditions Comments: A scale insect common on other Euonymus spp. rarely affects this one. This is a very fast-growing ground cover.

Last Update: 2015-12-15