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.
To increase each plant's success rate, our plants are shipped in fully-rooted 5-gallon containers rather than bare-root or seedling. You don't have to plant them right away, but can instead wait for the ideal day.
|Common Name||Strawberry Bush (southern evergreen form)|
|Scientific Name||Euonymus americanus|
|Wildlife Value||Cover, Browse Plants, Fruit|
|Fruiting Time||Late summer to fall|
|Size||5 Gallon Rooted Container|
|USDA Zone||6 - 9|
|Exposure||Part-day sun to medium shade|
|Drought Tolerance Once Established||Medium|
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