I first became aware of the wildflower known as Hearts-A-Bustin’ when I saw it growing alongside our road. That was three years ago, and I wrote a blog post about it at that time. I had never seen it before then and have never seen it since, until this week when I spotted it growing in the woods along the edge of our driveway.
Known also as Bursting Heart and as Strawberry Bush, the Euonymus americanus is a shrub that grows 4 to 6 feet tall. Its seed capsule consists of four lobes, described as red but looking pink to me. The capsule splits open in the autumn, revealing bright red berries, hence the name Bursting Heart.
Hearts-A-Bustin’ can be found throughout the southern and eastern U.S. and as far north as eastern Canada.