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Hearts-A-Bustin’Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Hearts-A-Bustin’ (Euonymus americanus)


Found in woody, moist areas, Hearts-a-bustin’ is a shrub that produces small (less than one inch) flowers in a variety of colors. The leaves are elliptical, simple in an opposite arrangement. They’re better known for the red foliage and fruit that appear in fall, with the fruit bearing a superficial resemblance to strawberries.

Gardening Tips

Care Known Problems How to Harvest Mature Size Notes/Uses
Tolerant of many soil types and moisture and light conditions; It thrives best in woody areas Can be poisonous if eaten in large quantities, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, chills and coma Flowers appear in spring with showy fruits following in the fall height and width:
up to 6 feet
Provides food for White-tailed deer, songbirds and small mammals