Euonymus americana - Hearts-a-bursting
About 170 or more species of Euonymus are native to Asia, Australia,
Europe and North America. This species is
native to the eastern United States
west to Oklahoma and Missouri. It has opposite leaves, mostly at
the tips of the slender stems. Flowers are very small and greenish in color.
The distinctive characteristic of the plant is the large pink-red capsule that
splits into three segments and displays orange-red seeds in autumn.
See this plant in moist natural areas including the Lake Oneida boardwalk.
Shrub or tree to about six feet tall or more.
Light: part shade, shade
Water: moist soil
Soil: adaptable to soil types, no other special requirements
This is an open, straggly shrub that is best suited for
naturalistic gardens. It seems adaptable provided the site is not too sunny or