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Hearts-A-Bustin’ / Strawberry Bush

Scientific Name: Euonymus americanus

Family: Celastraceae

Height: 4 -6 ft.

Spread: 4 – 6 ft.

Bloom Time: May – June

Native Range: Eastern United States, Pennsylvania

Ecological Value: Winter food for birds.

Human Value: Joy!

Augus 5, 2020: I first saw Heart-A-Bustin’ at Bartrum’s Garden one fall day with Martha. The bright red and purple pods splitting open to reveal the red berries within made me grin and stuck in my mind, along with the descriptive common name on the label. I had to wait several years for our red maple tree to grow large enough to shade it throughout the day, but I as finally able to plant a whip in the spring of 2019. So far, it has grown slowly, but it will probably be another year or two before it flowers.

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