Euonymus americanus Jacq. - Hearts a bustin
Family - Celastraceae
Stems - No info. yet.
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Flowering - May - June.
Habitat - Low sandy woods along spring branches, wooded slopes, stream banks.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This species can be found in the southeastern section of Missouri. The plant is easy to ID in the field because of its opposite leaves, thin green stems, and bright red fruits. When young E. americanus is a sprawling, trailing plant which spreads rapidly. As the plant ages, it becomes more erect and the stems become much thinker and branched. This species grows well from seed and can be easily cultivated.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 5-10-02 and 10-1-02.