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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    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


    Family

    Celastraceae


    Also Known As

    Hearts-a-Bustin , Bursting-Heart


    Type of Plant

    Shrubs

    Seasons

    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 6'
    Max Spread: 6'

    Uses

  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade
    Full Shade

    Tolerances

  • Clay Soil
  • Black Walnut

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Birds

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    History

    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

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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