Recently, on the same day of the special wildflower planting day (which I still need to do a post about, I am remembering), I felt that I just HAD to get over to the trail at Panola Mountain which is the rock outcrop trail...and I am so glad that did! It was midday and there was a shaft of sunlight filtering through the trees and it was as if a special spotlight was shining upon this...
WOW! It just stopped me in my tracks, I can tell you. It is called a strawberry bush, hearts-a-busting-with-love, or simply hearts-a-bustin'. The seed pod is bright pink and the seeds are bright orange. (Some descriptions call this red, but to my eyes, the colors are pink and orange.)
There was a little cartoon character showing the way of the trail, and I wonder how many noticed that bush just behind him with these brightly colored berries and bright seed pod?
Euonymus americanus is a small shrub with spreading crown, few branches, 6 to 8 feet tall. In thick woods, swampy areas and margin forests. Fruit- a leathery capsule that turns scarlet at maturity.
Yep, that's it but this dry description in no way descibes the beauty of that bright pink and deep orange color!
How about you? Anything stopped you in your tracks lately? No? Well, get out there and find something beautiful and tell me about it on one of my future posts, okay? No time limit, just look for beauty wherever you are!