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Bursting-Heart

Euonymus americanus

Description:

Euonymus americanus is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae. Common names include strawberry bush, American strawberry bush, bursting-heart, and hearts-bustin'-with-love. This is a deciduous shrub growing up to 2 meters tall. The oppositely arranged leaves are leathery or papery in texture and measure up to 10 centimeters long. Flowers are borne in the leaf axils on peduncles up to 2.2 centimeters long. The yellow-green sepals are 1 or 2 centimeters long and the greenish or reddish petals above are smaller. The fruit capsule is about 1.5 centimeters wide with a red warty or spiny covering. The capsule splits into five sections, revealing seeds covered in bright red arils.

Habitat:

Native to eastern United States. This one was observed along the Bartram Trail (West Dam Section) in Columbia County, Georgia.

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2 Comments

QWMom
QWMom 6 years ago

Great picture! :)

I had never heard of this plant - very interesting.

KenCheeks
Spotted by
KenCheeks

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Sep 22, 2013
Submitted on Oct 20, 2013

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