Busted Hearts on the Dino Trail

strawberry bush
This small shrub is always a treat to see. This one is on the Dinosaur Trail.

What ever you call it, Strawberry Bush, Hearts-a-bustin’, or Bursting Heart, this small, wiry shrub is unmistakable and spectacular when it goes to fruit. It usually goes unnoticed on the understory of the forest until its strawberry-like husks burst open to reveal bright red fruit in the fall. The scientific name is Euonymus americanus.











Several seeds have already dropped to the ground from this “heart.”

You can find this plant on the Dinosaur Trail just past the Albertosaurus. It is immediately to the right of a large stump as you make the turn towards the Leptoceratops.

Do NOT eat any part of this plant!

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