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Euonymus americanus

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Hearts a'busting, Strawberry bush
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Yellow-green fall foliage; green stems in winter; open, airy habit; fertilize lightly; drought tolerant; fertilize lightly; best used in or near natural area; native to southeastern US. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.

Description:
Deciduous or evergreen shrub with leaves opposite and simple; flowers small, 4-parted, greenish maroon; fruit a reddish, pink, ivory to yellow capsule splitting and showing orange-red seeds
Height:
4-6 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple leaves; 1.5-3.5 in. long; yellow-green fall foliage; green stems in winter
Flower:
Small, creamy white flowers in early summer; warty scarlet capsules open to reveal raspberry-orange berries in fall
Zones:
6 to 9
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; tolerates moist soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Open, loose, airy habit; green stems; suckers
Exposure:
Partial shade; tolerates moist soil
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, chills, coma, and convulsions
Toxic Principle:
Unidentified, possibly a glycoside
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
Found in:
Forest or natural areas in mixed deciduous forests and low woodlands; weedy in disturbed areas around houses and buildings; land
Width:
3-4 ft.
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 478

Euonymus americanus Euonymus americanus in bloom
Photo by Suzanne Cadwell, CC BY-NC-2.0
Euonymus americanus Euonymus americanus fruit
Photo by J. Michael Raby, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0