Euonymus Americanus Hearts a Bustin Shrub (American Strawberry Bush)
Euonymus Americanus Hearts a Bustin Shrub (American Strawberry Bush)

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Euonymus americanus Hearts a Bustin Shrubs

Euonymus americanus, or Hearts-A-Bustin plants, are known for their fall berries which resemble warty strawberries. When fully mature, the berry capsules burst open (thus the name), revealing fleshy orange-red seeds. The effect is surreal. This colorful shrub attracts birds, deer and rabbits, which love the foliage. Common Names: American Strawberry-Bush, Hearts a Burstin', Bursting Heart, Brook Euonymus

Growzone: 4-9

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Dormancy Notice: This plant, like many others, enters dormancy or semi-dormancy in the late fall through early spring. *THIS PLANT IS NOT DEAD. It is completely healthy but upon receiving the plant, you may notice it exhibits fewer leaves, discoloration, or complete leaf drop. This is normal and essential to the plant's health. In fact, planting during dormancy promotes root growth, giving your plant a better start for spring, when new foliage will begin to grow.

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The Euonymus americanus Hearts-a-Bustin’ bush is unique in appearance with thin stems that droop. This native shrub has a whitish flower color and showy berry fruits which have a similar look to strawberries when viewed from a distance. Great Native replacement for the Burning Bush Euonymus plant.


Growing Zone: 4 – 9
Mature Height: 6 to 8 feet
Mature width: 8 to 10 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous shrub
Sunlight: Full Sun
Habit: Upright Branching.
Foliage: Dark green Turning Bright Red in Fall
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Pruning Season: No pruning needed.
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirement: Water well until established.
This Plants Growzone: 4-9 Euonymus americanus Hearts a Bustin Shrubs Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Euonymus americanus Hearts a Bustin Shrubs

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Euonymus americanus Hearts-A-Bustin that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil, you may need to add a locally-sourced compost or topsoil to the backfill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a backfill soil for Euonymus americanus because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Hearts-A-Bustin spread through the loose, nutrient-rich soil much easier than if you used solely the existing soil, which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant too deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally-occurring, beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardener's best friend and can help guarantee your success. Watering Hearts A Bustin Euonymus americanus: After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Hearts A Bustin Euonymus americanus a good, deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example, a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5; a three gallon pot would be 15; and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.


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