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This airy woodland shrub looks unassuming until it sets its brilliant red fruit in the fall, when it earns its many common names.

Latin Name

Euonymus americanus



Also Known As

Hearts-a-Bustin Bursting-Heart

Type of Plant

Shrubs Shrubs


Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 6'


  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade Part Shade
    Full Shade Full Shade


  • Clay Soil
  • Black Walnut

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    George Washington planted the seeds of the strawberry bush in a box in front of his greenhouse in April of 1785.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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