Hearts-a-Burstin’ seedpods and seedlings

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The seedpods on the Hearts-a-burstin’ (Euonymus americanus) shrub are one of many enjoyable backyard signs of autumn.

This plant seems quite happy growing under our pine tree where it’s dry and mostly shady. I enjoy it throughout the year and it is especially attractive this time of year.

Euonymous americanus seed-pods

I’m often amazed at the designs to be found in nature and these prickly magenta seedpods and brilliant red-orange seeds never cease to amaze me. This haiku, written by my friend, Beth Bailey, enriches and adds to what I see.

Joyous Transfusions

Drop by drop they dip

their nodding heads, their giving hearts

each bleeding beauty.

Euonymous americanus seed-pod close-up

The seeds are food for birds and small mammals, but obviously not all of them get eaten. I have several small two-to-three inch seedlings.


I’ll be glad to share these with anyone who lives in the Lexington area.  Please let me know if you are interested.

7 thoughts on “Hearts-a-Burstin’ seedpods and seedlings”

  1. I don’t have much yard space for new plants but would like to have some if they don’t take up much room. You have a beautiful yard!

  2. Beautiful. my small plant is a year old and only had two seed pods this year. Looking forward to more next year.

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