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Running Strawberry Bush Euonymus obovata


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Running Strawberry Bush
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Alternate name: Running Euonymus

Family: Celastraceae, Staff Tree view all from this family

Description Running Strawberry Bush or Running Euonymus is a trailing, woodland ground cover which may grow to 12 in. in height, spreading almost indefinitely. Foliage is dense and turns brilliant tones of purple, maroon, and pink in fall. These colors last until late November or early December. When the leaves abscise, bright-green stems are revealed. The fruit capsule, preceded by pale-green flowers with purple stamens, is pink.

Habitat Rich, dry to damp woods, thickets, and slopes.

Range W. New York and s. Ontario to Michigan and Illinois, south to Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri.

Discussion This is a very fast-growing ground cover.

Comments A scale insect common on other Euonymus spp. rarely affects this one. This is a very fast-growing ground cover.

Exposure Preference Shade.

Flower May - June

Native Distribution W. New York & s. Ontario to Michigan & Illinois, s. to Tennessee & Missouri

Site Preference Rich, dry to damp woods, thickets & slopes

Soil Preference Rich, moist soils.