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Bruso, George H.
Euonymus obovatus Nutt.
Running euonymus, Running strawberry bush, Running strawberry-bush
Synonym(s): Euonymus obovata
USDA Symbol: EUOB8
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun
, TN Native Distribution:
& s. Ont. to MI
s. to TN
& MO Native Habitat:
Rich, dry to damp woods, thickets & slopes
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff