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Bursting Hearts

Euonymus americanus

Description:

Also known as Strawberry bush...the common names all refer to the plant's seed pods which first appear in mid-summer. It is an evergreen plant, though the number of leaves is greatly diminished during the winter. The plant is notable for its photosynthetic stems and its seed distribution method. Once the seeds have ripened in mid-autumn the red capsules burst open, scattering the orange seeds up to 15 feet.

Notes:

Red berries dropping from a prickly magenta shell. Found amongst the leaf litter growing from small green plants with almond shaped green leaves.


1 species ID suggestions

Strawberry Bush, Bursting Hearts
Euonymus americanus

1 Comment

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 2 years ago

Thanks chesterbperry! I couldn't decide which common name I liked better...finally decided on Bursting Hearts guess I'm a hopeless romantic.

Lat: 43.58, Long: -79.86

Spotted on Oct 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 27, 2011

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