Cat# 1089 This common shrub of the southeastern woods could be easily overlooked when it is in flower in late spring. But a fruiting specimen is another story entirely. In fall, slender, drooping stems 4 to 6 feet tall may be laden with brightly colored fruits that from a distance look like strawberries. Up close, though, you can see that the round reddish-purple husks burst open to reveal Day-Glo orange seeds. The effect is almost surreal. Hearts-a-Bustin is typically grown in light to full shade. But for a very full plant that can compete for color with a berry-filled Holly, try growing it in full sun with good soil. Hearts-a-Bustin is a favorite food for deer which may be good or bad for your particular situation.
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