Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Store in sealed, refrigerated containers
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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July 13, 2014

The Nature Conservancy calls Tennessee the most biologically rich of all the inland states. As I walk through my property and neighborhood, I see many exotic plants. Fortunately, I also see an abundance of native plants.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 1, 2018 12:10 PM

I have had this about ten years, central Maryland, I was sent a small one bare-root in the mail. No trouble rooting and growing, it has begun to sucker a fair amount in my loamy sandy soil, and blooms a bit, in partial shade from trees on the north and east.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 1, 2013 8:55 AM

Although it will tolerate full shade, Strawberry Bush fruits best grown in light shade. It is susceptible to Euonymus scale and has a high water requirement.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 2, 2017 6:21 PM

This good-looking shrub, basically neat and clean, is a sort of wispy, medium-fine texture, open and sort of see-through shrub. (It is not massively thick like the over-planted Winged Euonymus Burningbush). Its native range is from a few spots in southern New York & New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania, down to central Florida to east Texas, into Arkansas, into southeast Missouri, southern Illinois & Indiana & Ohio, in rich soil in upland woods or along watercourses. It can sucker in favourable situations and then form colonies. Easily transplanted. It can be damaged by Euonymus Scale insects that pick on evergreen Asian euonymus species. It grows about 1.5 feet/year. The fruit is poisonous for humans to eat. Some Strawberry-bushes are offered by some large, diverse nurseries, some mail order nurseries, and native plant nurseries. So far, I have only occasionally seen this species planted at arboretums and professional landscapes in southeast PA and Delaware, not common or well-known.

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