Strawberry Bush (southern evergreen form)

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Informally referred to as “deer candy” by those who grow this plant as an ornamental, deer seem to love to browse on the foliage of this shrub. Over time it will produce additional stems from the roots and can create a small thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. In fall, dangling warty strawberry-like fruits turn reddish purple and burst open, displaying bright orange seeds consumed by turkeys and other birds. Northern forms tend to be naturally deciduous, but this southeastern US coastal plain form offers the advantage of being fully evergreen into at least zone 8a, offering tasty forage for deer throughout the winter, though it may be deciduous in colder areas. Best as an understory shrub in dappled shade, it prospers in dry to moist woodland conditions and can tolerate short durations of flooding.

Euonymus americanus
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Informally referred to as "deer candy" by those who grow this plant as an ornamental, deer love to browse this shrub's foliage. Over time it will produce additional stems from the roots and can create a small thicket that provides shelter for wildlife. In fall, dangling warty strawberry-like fruits turn reddish-purple and burst open, displaying bright orange seeds consumed by turkeys and other birds. Northern forms tend to be naturally deciduous, but this southeastern US coastal plain form offers the advantage of being fully evergreen into at least zone 8a, offering tasty forage for deer throughout the winter. However, it may be deciduous in colder areas. Best as an understory shrub in dappled shade, it prospers in dry to moist woodland conditions and can tolerate short durations of flooding.
Common Name Strawberry Bush (southern evergreen form)
Scientific Name Euonymus americanus
Wildlife Value Cover, Browse Plants, Fruit
Fruiting Requirements Self-fertile
Fruiting Time Late summer to fall
Size 5G

Zones

Vegetation Zone 6-9 Green
USDA Zone 6 - 9
Exposure Part-day sun to medium shade
Drought Tolerance Once Established Medium

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