This Euonymus Is A Fall Show Off

Strawberry Euoymus fruits and pods

Strawberry euonymus fruits and pods

This euonymus is just a nondescript green plant in summer and a bunch of green stems in winter, but in fall it has shopstopping pods and fruits. Often called Heart A’ Busting or Strawberry Euonymus, this native euonymus is easy to grow, and is generally a plant that if anybody has one, they will give you a rooted stem. Easy to grow and nondescript in all seasons except fall, I have grown it in a container, in dry locations, and wet locations, as well as in sun or shade. Because it is deciduous, I have never had a scale problem and in fact, never had a problem of any type. It simply grows well in my garden. The only negative is that it can sucker, but certainly not to the point that it can become a problem. While books say it will grow to about five feet tall and just as wide, mine are only about four feet tall, and the clumps are about 2 to 3 feet in diameter. I always share mine by simply pulling up a stem and handing it to the person asking me for one.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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