strawberry bush Celastraceae Euonymus
|Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate to elliptical, 2 to 4 inches, finely toothed, bright green above slightly paler below.
Flower: Perfect, small (1/3 inch across), 5 greenish-purple petals, in clusters, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Very unique, 4-lobed capsules which when opened reveal an orange-red warty aril, the "husks" are pink to purple, open in fall.
Twig: Slender, square and green, terminal buds reddish orange, 1/4 inch long, pointed.
Bark: Green, but does split and become darker.
Form: A loose, suckering, sprawling shrub usually between 2 and 10 feet tall.
Looks like: winged euonymus
- eastern wahoo
| Additional Range Information:
Euonymus americanus is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting strawberry bush.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson