This rather non-descript shrub is not very remarkable most of the year except in the early fall. The fruit merits attention for its unusual appearance. It is a scarlet, warty almost spiky capsule that splits open to reveal bright reddish-orange seeds. Because the capsule is so interesting, the plant is sometimes called strawberry-bush. The seeds dangling from the open capsule have inspired another name – hearts-a-bustin’. Both are great descriptors of this plant.
This is a good plant for a naturalized woodland setting.
|Flower||unimportant – spring|
|Fruit||strawberry capsule opening to reveal red seeds|