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PlantFiles: Strawberry Bush, Bursting-Heart, Hearts a' Bustin, Brook Euonymus
Euonymus americanus

Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Euonymus (yoo-ON-ih-mus) (Info)
Species: americanus (a-mer-ih-KAY-nus) (Info)

Synonym:Euonymus americana

9 vendors have this plant for sale.

26 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
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11 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Rickwebb On Jun 22, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

Jenkins Arboretum in southeast Pennsylvania has several plantings of this nice native plant of fine or fine-medium texture. I like this Hearts-A-Burstin or Strawberry-bush or American Burningbush much better than the over-planted, extremely thick growing Winged Euonymus Burningbush from northeast Asia.

Positive Clint07 On Sep 25, 2013, Clint07 from Bethlehem, PA wrote:

Growing for maybe 8 years in the shade of old, tall sycamores in 6A, this beauty has reached a height of 8 feet. With tree leaves starting to fall now (late September), it's reached its peak of gaudiness. This year it has retained almost all of its capsules, moreso than previous years.

We have it growing amid a row of Skimmia japonica, whose berries have also reddened. A great show, and no one else in our neighborhood of good gardeners has either of them.

Positive Rebeccatowoc On Sep 21, 2012, Rebeccatowoc from Stewart, TN wrote:

We were camping at our future retirement homesite (Houston County, TN) when we came across this green-twigged plant with strange fruit. Not able to identify it at the time, we hated the idea of it being destroyed during construction and so attempted to move it. This effort turned into such a brutal struggle that we feared the odd shrub would not survive. It was so weak I put it on a trellis and tried to cut away some surrounding tree branches so it would get a little sun. Bit by bit the plant grew stronger (and I found out what it was.) This past summer I was afraid to go back into the brush to check on it because we've had so many snakes this year, and feared the plant had died during the drought. Yesterday it was cool enough to go back there and I am delighted to report the "hearts-a-burstin' " has added branches and put out a great crop of larger fruit than ever. Apparently it likes dry shade!

Positive Malus2006 On Oct 5, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

zone 4 hardy

Positive WaterCan2 On Oct 11, 2007, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

It definetly likes it moist and semi-shady. I have them in a spot where they get the pm sun. A dependable performer it stays inconspicuous until fall when it steals the show!

* Special thanks to "TomH3787 and plantladylin" for identifying it for me, I did'nt know what it was!!

Positive passiflora_pink On Jan 8, 2007, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful fruits! Really brightens the autumn and early winter flower bed in Alabama.

Positive aprilwillis On Jul 24, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I had planted the parent plant in what I thought was adequate shade and when it became clear to me that the plant would not survive I gave it to my daughter; in the process I dislodged a small stem w/ only 2 leaves at the distal end. I potted that stem - thinking it would never root; it has flourished in a small pot in deep shade and is a very attractive plant.

Positive ViburnumValley On Jan 22, 2006, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have observed that the strawberry bush grows primarily on soils on the acid side of neutral, whereas its cousin the eastern wahoo is primarily found on circumneutral or limestone-based soils. Strawberry bush also seems to appreciate more shade, where eastern wahoo can happily grow in much sunnier drier sites. A partner in woodlands with Viburnum acerifolium and Lindera benzoin, Euonymus americanus is a fine little indigenous shrub that is a beneficial addition to any native landscape.

Positive MinnieBee On Sep 15, 2004, MinnieBee from Columbus, GA wrote:

I found this plant growing in the woods where we live (Columbus, GA). Had no idea what it was until I saw it growing at Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain, GA) and it was labelled 'Strawberry Bush'. I moved the plant out of the woods into our yard in a partial sun location. That was 3 years ago and it's doing great. Also found another one growing in the woods and moved it to another partial sun location in our yard last fall, but the deer also found it! This one has not done as well as the other one. I have noticed that the first one is planted near our pond and the other one is in the front yard where I have to water it more. The first one stays green, flowers, and now has lots of red seed pods on it. The one in the front will be moved this fall to the back near the pond. It has no seed pods and very few leaves.

Positive Toxicodendron On Sep 13, 2004, Toxicodendron from Piedmont, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

A delightful native plant that doesn't get noticed until it reveals it's hot pink fruit capsules with orange-red seeds in late summer. Usually grows in the shady understory of larger trees along streams. Deer and rabbits love to eat it and turkeys enjoy the fruits. The seeds have a laxative effect and the bark induces vomiting, among other purported uses. This plant is rare in Missouri but is common in many other states from Florida and Texas to New York and Indiana.

Positive Fran99 On Jun 18, 2004, Fran99 from Spartanburg, SC wrote:

Inconspicuous shrub except in fruit. Lovely find in wooded areas.

Neutral raisedbedbob On May 16, 2004, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant, also known as "Hearts-a -Bustin" is native to Zone 7b. The inconspicuous pale yellow flowers are followed in the fall by spectacular magenta capsules containing bright orange seeds. It is a delightful sight in the otherwise dull understory of the fall forest in this region.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama
Houston, Alabama
New Market, Alabama
Pelham, Alabama
Spanish Fort, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Bigelow, Arkansas
Morrilton, Arkansas
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Cleveland, Georgia
Colbert, Georgia
Commerce, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Dawsonville, Georgia
Lizella, Georgia
Mcdonough, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Tucker, Georgia
Winder, Georgia
Palatine, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (3 reports)
Mandeville, Louisiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
La Plata, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Sturgis, Mississippi
Helena, Montana
Sparks, Nevada
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Selden, New York
Apex, North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Franklin, North Carolina
Leland, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Trinity, North Carolina
Honobia, Oklahoma
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Lyman, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Dickson, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Stewart, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Woodville, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Callao, Virginia
Fredericksburg, Virginia (2 reports)
Rhoadesville, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Puyallup, Washington

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