Hearts a'bustin" is the common name for Euonymous americanus.
Hearts a’bustin’ is the common name for Euonymous americanus. The plant is also called strawberry bush because of the bumpy little seed pods that resemble magenta strawberries, and these bumpy little pods split open in early fall to reveal seeds so brilliantly orange they rival Clemson Tiger fans: they summon winged souls. The plant has slender upright stems that begin green and remain green into old age. If one wants a perfect foundation plant that doesn’t crowd, throws a most interesting shadow, is native to the Upstate of SC, and won’t harbor mosquitos, this is the one I use. BUT that is not why my heart's a’bustin’, and the picture on the right is NOT a Euonymous americanus. My heart swells with gratitude this week like buds on trees, about to burst, because some people have proven they care about such things as clean water and pastoral beauty and Oconee bells. Some people. You know who you are. And if you care to know what the heck I’m talking about, come for a Jocassee Lake Tour to find out. I bet your heart will swell too.~K