Audubon® Strawberry Bush Euonymus
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In fall, this quirky native Accent sports bright orange seeds wrapped in a hot pink jacket. The effect is electric! Strawberry Bush is a fun addition to shady gardens, bringing color to the understory. The quirky fruits also bring birds to the garden, in the form of Wood Thrushes, catbirds, bluebirds, and Brown Thrashers. High in fat, the seeds give birds extra energy that they’ll need whether they’re migrating or toughing out the winter in place. A twiggy, suckering shrub, Strawberry Tree also serves as good cover for thicket-dwelling birds like brown thrashers, mockingbirds, warblers, and cardinals.
May Benefit & Attract: Thrushes, mockingbirds & thrashers, warblers, and cardinals
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Size AA (18-24" tall)
- Hardiness Zone: 6-9
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Strawberry Bush, a.k.a. Hearts-a-Burstin, a.k.a. Hearts-a-Bustin, a.k.a. American Euonymus, is primarily a denizen of the Southeast, though its native range does extend as far north as New York State. It grows along streambanks and in low, wet woods. Our native Strawberry Bush, along with Eastern Wahoo, is a close relative of the ubiquitous Burning Bush from Asia. This overplanted exotic has become invasive in some areas of the U.S., seeding itself into wild spaces and crowding out more beneficial natives. Choose Strawberry Bush over Burning Bush, and score a win for wildlife!
A double dose of fall color! When nights get frosty, Strawberry Bush bears its psychedelic fruits, while its leaves become more subtly colorful. The medium-green foliage turns buttery yellow, with hints of pink suffused throughout.
How to Grow
Most frequently found in and near moist woodland environments, Strawberry Bush likewise prefers part shade and consistent moisture when grown in the landscape. Its natural instinct is to sucker, so give it a little room to spread out. It will not take over your whole yard, however. Despite the name, Strawberry Bush fruits are not tasty, and they are in fact toxic to humans, though birds devour them. Deer enjoy the foliage and will destroy plants completely. Another thing you’ll want to look out for is Euonymus scale. If necessary, this insect pest can be treated with horticultural oil in June, before its tough covering develops.
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