Euonymus americanus
American strawberry, bursting-heart

Euonymus americanus
Euonymus americanus
photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Euonymus americanus
Common name: American strawberry, bursting-heart
Group: dicot
Family: Celastraceae
Growth type: forb/herb; subshrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4-6'
Foliage: narrow, opposite, finely toothed leaves, four angled green twigs
Flower: 1/3" across, greenish yellow
Flowering time: blooms early May to mid June; fruits late September to late October.
fruit resembles a strawberry; when ripe the capsule splits open revealing four or five red seeds.
Habitat: low, rich moist ground of wooded swamps
Range in New Jersey: throughout the inner coastal plain and Delaware Bay area
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Witmer Stone says of this plant, "Few shrubs are more characteristic of low, dark woodlands of West Jersey. Although the blossoms are inconspicuous, the peculiar green coloration of the branches and stems, and the glossy leaves, make the plant easily recognizable, while in the autumn the bright red seeds and their crimson pod-like covering make bright spots of color in the leafless woods" (542).