Mature Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry Bush) with seed clusters.
Close-up of Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry Bush) seed pods.

Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry Bush) Unity Grown

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Commonly called American strawberry bush or 'bursting heart' for its ornamental fruits and attractive fall color, Euonymus americanus is a native, low-maintenance deciduous suckering shrub found throughout the south and mid-Atlantic, from Texas to New Jersey. Growing to a manageable size in the home landscape of four to six feet tall and wide, mature specimens in the wild can reach 6-12' in both dimensions.

Blooming in spring with relatively inconspicuous flowers, the real show for American strawberry bush is in the late summer and fall, when its explosive-looking red fruits and showy red fall foliage are on full display. As a relative of the beautiful but invasive burning bush (Euonymus alatus), bursting heart has the same striking red colors , but with a ton more ecological benefits. Euonymus americanus tolerates a wide variety of poor and clay-rich soils, but also tolerates some seasonal inundation as well as drought. Tolerant of all levels of light exposure, American strawberry bush is a great choice for woodland gardens or for naturalized areas.

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Tall: 49-72" and Very Tall: 73" and up
Sun (6+ hours), Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun), Full Shade (less than 4 hours of sun), and Sun to Shade-Wide Tolerance
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: Green and Yellow
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Berries, and Fall Color
Tolerances: Clay Soil Tolerant, Black Walnut Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, and Wet Soil Tolerant
Garden Type: Woodland Garden

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