Euonymus americanus

Thanks to Ruth for today’s write-up:

Thank you to nebulagirl@Flickr for the sharing of this beautiful photograph (original via the BPotD Flickr Photo Pool). It was taken in Red River Gorge, Kentucky during the month of October.

As the Latin name suggests, Euonymus americanus is a native of the United States — specifically the eastern continental side — with a range extending west to Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Commonly known as hearts-a-bursting or strawberry bush, this shrub grows to 2 meters (6 ft) in height, and has a similar width. The habit is open and straggly. Flowers grow in the leaf axils where the ovaries develop into the warty capsules we observe in this photograph. The fruit reminds me of Arbutus unedo, also called strawberry bush or tree. However, Arbutus unedo (Ericaceae) has fleshy aggregate fruits that are edible and never dehisce or split open to release the seeds. It also has urceolate (urn-shaped) flowers, indicative of the Ericaceae. The Celastraceae is a predominantly tropical family with only three genera from the temperate regions (Euonymus, Maytenus and Celastrus).

Additional photographs are available from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: Euonymus americanus.

Euonymus americanus

10 responses to “Euonymus americanus”

  1. Beverley

    Euonymus americanus – Z6 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Euonymus, u-o-ne-mus; said to be named after Euonyme, the mother of the Furies in Greek mythology, or from Gr. euonymos, of good fame or lucky. [Gr. eu, good, and onoma, a name, i.e., of good repute.] Often pronounced u-on-e-mus. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith

  2. MANISHA

    Whatever i am learning by this botany i want to know the more families of different plants which i dont no by this i want to learn my things of palnts thier tissue and layers.

  3. Lorie Emens

    This is one of my favorite native shrubs, in the wild it is very open and straggly as you said but if planted in more sun (afternoon shade required in the south) it is much fuller and produces more flowers and fruit. The down side being that it does not color as well in the fall.
    Beautiful picture

  4. allison

    Appalachian folk name is Hearts-busting-open-with-love. On the state Threatened list in Ohio.

  5. Beverley

    Manisha – click on the photo. The plant family is listed above the photo.

  6. Debby

    Beautiful! I always think of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent when I see euonymous seedpods! Perhaps they inspired him to use those supposedly clashing colours in his now-famous works.

  7. Maggie

    Just wanted to say thanks to Beverley for her contributions of how to pronounce the plant names. I think I’ve figured out that with Latin you pronounce practically every letter, not just the syllables, but I appreciate the confirmation via Beverley’s Plant Names Simplified.
    I also wanted to thank Daniel and Ruth and all of the contributors to this wonderful and informative website. I’m learning about plants I’ll probably never see in person. Please keep up your wonderful work.

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you all once again
    in my search for this plant
    i found the hilton pond web site
    hilton pond in york sc usa
    fine picture and write up and
    read and look at the hummers
    perhaps daniel knows of the people
    of hilton pond

  9. ruth's fan club

    oh i love plants
    oh yes i do
    especially ones
    that avoid do-do!

  10. K. J. Seth in Colorado

    Celastraceae, if I am not mistaken, also includes the temperate genus Paxistima.

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