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Euonymus americanus - L.
                 
Common Name Strawberry Bush, Bursting-heart
Family Celastraceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards The fruits, seed and bark are considered to be poisonous[222].
Habitats Rich woods and ravines[43].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Euonymus americanus Strawberry Bush, Bursting-heart


Euonymus americanus Strawberry Bush, Bursting-heart
   
Physical Characteristics
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Euonymus americanus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.5 m (8ft 2in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Cathartic;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Expectorant;  Laxative;  Tonic.

The seed is strongly laxative[222]. A tea made from the roots is used in cases of uterine prolapse, vomiting of blood, painful urination and stomach aches[222, 257]. The bark is diuretic, expectorant, laxative and tonic[222]. It was used as a tea in the treatment of malaria, liver congestion, constipation etc[222, 257]. The powdered bark, applied to the scalp, was believed to eliminate dandruff[222]. An infusion of the plant has been used to stimulate menstruation and so should not be used by pregnant women[257].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Thrives in almost any soil, including chalk, it is particularly suited to dry shaded areas[200]. Prefers a well-drained loamy soil[1]. Requires shade from the midday sun[1, 11].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 8 - 12 weeks warm followed by 8 - 16 weeks cold stratification and can then be sown in a cold frame[78, 98]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm long taken at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy[200].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
lnr Mon Dec 5 2005
my neighbor says you can get a really beautiful orange dye from the berries
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