Euonymus americana L.

  • Family: Celastraceae
  • Common name: strawberry bush

    Description: Shrub to 2 m (6 ft) tall, erect or straggling. Leaves opposite, oblong, lanceolate, ot broadly ovate, 3-9 cm (1.2-3.6 in) long and 1-3 cm (0.4-1.2 in) wide, base rounded or wedge-shaped, acute at apex, serrate. Flowers axillary, few, small greenish-purple. Fruits rough warty capsules about 10 mm (0.4 in) in diameter, crimson when ripe and somewhat resembling strawberries, splitting open at maturity.

    Distribution: Native to eastern United States westward to Missouri and Oklahoma.
    Habitat: well-drained bottomland forests, sometimes in mesic upland forests.
    NWI status: FACW
    Comment: Euonymus means "true name"; americana refers to North America.

    Distribution in Oklahoma:

    Last update: 9/10/99
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