Euonymus americana (Celastraceae)
Demure in other seasons, Strawberry Bush steals the show in early fall with its brilliant display of fruit. Bumpy, raspberry-red pods hang on the ends of stems and split open to reveal small, smooth, orange seeds. Strawberry Bush grows as a 4-6' understory plant in our eastern woodlands. Plants thrive in average soils in the garden with a profusion of fall "hearts." Lower limbs can be removed and groundcovers planted to carpet the ground beneath — try Foam Flower, Green and Gold, or Canada Wild Ginger.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: early-fall
Container size: Qt.