Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
2-6 ft. H X 2-3 ft. W
Inconspicuous bloom about 1/3 inch across with 5 greenish-yellow petals
Bloom Time Notes:
Opposite; semi-evergreen; narrow; dark green; toothed.
Warty red capsule about an inch in diameter; splits when ripe to expose 4-5 orange-red seeds.
Fruit is popular with birds
Shady understory of moist forests.
Greenwood cuttings in summer; seed after cold treatment; division of clumps in winter.
Sun or Shade:
Hearts-a-Bustin' (Euonymus americanus) grows in shade to partial shade; prefers well-drained, humus-rich, slightly acidic soil; once established, can tolerate drought; will form colony from suckers over time; a favorite food plant for deer. The green stems provide interest year round; fruit provides interest in fall.
Other Common Names: American Strawberry-Bush, Hearts-a-Burstin', Bursting Heart, Brook Euonymus