Euonymus americana (Celastraceae)
Hearts A-Burstin', Strawberry Bush
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: a profusion of fall "hearts." Strawberry Bush grows as a 4-6' understory plant in our eastern woodlands, and thrives in average soils in the garden. Limb it up a bit to plant groundcovers as a carpet beneath — try foam flower, green and gold, or Canada wild ginger.
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: early-fall
Container size: Qt.