Is this Bittersweet?

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Date Photo Taken: November 7, 2011
Location: Snellville, GA
Posted By: Ginger Grace


Most of the info I find about bittersweet says it is a vine, not a shrub. This is a woody shrub, over 6 feet tall, with lots of oblong shiny leaves. The orange-red berries are in groups of 1-4 and it looks like the white covers receded and they look like little turbans, not the cups I am used to seeing on bittersweet vine.


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    check these images of Eastern wahoo

    November 8th, 2011 at 9:01 am
  2. Ginger Grace Unregistered says:

    That is it! I am hoping to propagate it or find a source to purchase. It is absolutely one of the prettiest flowering shrubs I’ve seen. And I love the name!

    November 8th, 2011 at 9:21 am
  3. Kirk Unregistered says:

    It was always called “hearts a bustin” when I was young

    November 8th, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  4. Ginger Grace Unregistered says:

    I always thought Hearts-a-bustin was different, since the casing was pink (looked like a strawberry) and I know it as Strawberry Bush. These casings are white and very smooth, not rough and deep pink like they are on Strawberry Bush The color is very different. I also never saw Strawberry Bush as a tree or as large a shrub as this. When I just now checked, Hearts-a-bustin (or Strawberry Bush) is Euonymus Americanus, while Wahoo is Euonymus Purpurea, so they are similar but not exactly alike. These are definitely Eastern Wahoo!

    November 9th, 2011 at 9:34 am
  5. karen Unregistered says:

    I have gobs! Great for wreaths in fall if you get it before birds eat berries (or the cows eat it up in my case!) Email if still interested.

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:08 pm
  6. Ginger Grace Unregistered says:

    Karen, I am interested. I have been trying to grow the cut piece I ‘liberated’ last November and it is rooted and growing, but very slowly. I tried seeding the ground, but had no survivors. Email me at and I will try to arrange to get some from you. Thanks!!

    April 17th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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