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Strawberry Bush (Euonymus americanus)

Strawberry Bush is a deciduous shrub that grows to 5 feet. The leaves are opposite with finely toothed margins. The bark is green, but does split and become darker as the tree ages. In early summer, small, 5-petaled, greenish purple flowers mature. The shrub produces 4-lobed capsules which when opened reveal an orange-red, warty seed.


Foliage and twigs are readily eaten by white-tailed deer. Seeds are eaten by songbirds.

Plant Type Shrub
Leaf Type Deciduous
Deer Resistance Low
Regions Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Light Partial Sun/Shade, Full Shade
Soil Moist
Bloom Times Summer
Seed Times Fall
Wildlife Value Seed or Nut
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