Euonymus americanus (Strawberry Bush)

Euonymus americanus in bloom. Strawberry bush usually blooms in mid to late May in MO. This species can be difficult to distinguish from the other bushy Euonymus in the area, including the invasive Euonymus alatus (burning bush). When not in bloom, E. americanus is the only bushy Euonymus that has five petals, all the remaining having four.

Ranked as an S2 (imperiled) species of conservation concern in Missouri, Euonymus americanus is a striking plant in more than one season. Where it grows in the Show Me State it is always threatened by white-tailed deer who absolutely love our native Euonymus spp. In areas with overpopulation of deer, the plant has been removed from the landscape. This past autumn, I planted one in the fenced-in portion of our backyard in the remaining humus and decay of an old ash stump. I’m hoping the soil here will be rich enough for its liking and that the deer will not discover it.

The unique and unmistakable fruits that give strawberry bush its name. This plant was found in Butler County, MO.

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