|I recently brought back a native plant from West VA that was identified as "Hearts a Busting" & I can't find anything about it. It gets a fruit like bloom that resembles a brillant red rasberry that splits with a bright red seed bursting out of the center. I believe this will groww to be a shrub but can't find any info under this name. I need to know what conditions are best-zone, soil & moisture requirements, light, size it will grow, annual or perennial, when will it 1st bloom, propagating techniques, etc.|
|This is a native shrub called Euonymous americanus. It is sometimes called Hearts Abustin' and sometimes Strawberry Bush. The name refers to the seed capsules which are quite a sight in the fall. They follow the small blooms which appear in summer. |
According to Michael Dirr's "Manual of Woody Plants" this shrub is native from New York to Florida and west to Texas, and so should be hardy in USDA zone 6 or possibly to zone 5. He describes it as a loose, suckering shrub in the 4 to 6 foot range growing as an understory plant in the forest. (In my experience they can grow a bit larger than that.)
To some extent I sould expect the hardiness of an individual plant may depend on where it originated so that a southern grown plant might be less hardy than one that was started from northern stock.
Since this is a little used native plant, there is a dearth of information available about propagating it. You might experiment with seeds in a cool moist stratification as well as with some softwood cuttings and root divisions. I have transplanted self sown seedlings with good success. I'm sorry I can't immediately find documented propagation methods for you.
Enjoy your new shrub!