Euonymus americanus

Common name: Bursting-heart

Native plant

A native of the southern Illinois forests and floodplains. Also know as American Strawberry Bush because of the fruits' resemblance to the grocery store aggregate accessory, and I have to say that the look is very similar. Like our other native burning bushes, the fall color is very nice, tending to be red or rose, lasting far longer than the non-native conterparts. Plant it where the site conditions are somewhat protected from the harsher aspects of the northern Illinois winters, and it should preform nicely as a garden shrub with interest. 


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Plant Details

Plant type

Large Shrub, Shrub

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site, Yards that Flood

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Low branched, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
5 Feet
Mature width
5 Feet
Max height
8 Feet
Max width
8 Feet

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