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Euonymus americanus Linnaeus. Strawberry-bush, Heart's-a-bustin’ (-with-love). Phen: May-Jun; Sep-Oct. Hab: Mesic to submesic forests. Dist: Se. NY west to s. OH and se. MO, south to n. peninsular FL and TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: A named variety, var. angustifolius (Pursh) Alph. Wood, with narrowly lanceolate to linear leaves, occurs in our area; it is of uncertain status (Brizicky 1964) but is here considered a form.

Other Comments: See Wyatt, Beliveau, & Wyatt (2023) or discussion of pollination ecology, largely pollinated by ants and cockroaches.

Synonymy: = Ar, C, F, FNA12, G, Il, K3, K4, NY, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, WV; = Euonymus americana – K1; = Evonymus americanus L. – Tat, orthographic variant; > Euonymus americanus L. var. americanus – S13; > Euonymus americanus L. var. angustifolius (Pursh) Alph.Wood; > Euonymus americanus L. var. biflorus (Raf.) Gardner – S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FACW
  • Midwest: FAC
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily: 3

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image of plant© Grant Morrow Parkins | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Euonymus americanus, fruit, Coke Ovens Park, Dunlap, Sequatchie County, Tennessee 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Grant Morrow Parkins | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: euonymus americana, above little river, reed bingham state park, cook county, georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Grant Morrow Parkins | Original Image ⭷
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