Euonymus obovatus Nutt.
Running Strawberry Bush, Running Euonymus
Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)
Synonym(s): Euonymus obovata
USDA Symbol: EUOB8
Running Strawberry-bush or Running Euonymus is a trailing, woodland groundcover which may grow to 18 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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Pale green, often tinged purple.
DistributionUSA: AR , DE , GA , IL , IN , KY , MI , MO , NC , NY , 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 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
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Euonymus obovatus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Euonymus obovatus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Euonymus obovatus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-10
Research By: TWC Staff