Euonymus was one of the first New World plants to be introduced to Britain by Bishop Compton in 1683. The first American citation was made by John Bartram in 1783.
The strawberry bush is a deciduous, North American shrub with evergreen stems and creamy yellow flowers followed by beautiful, glossy red-orange berries that hang by a single thread from the warty seed capsule after bursting open.
↑ This article is based on a Center for Historic Plants Information Sheet.
↑Notes ed. Peden, 40. European Euonymus, or spindle tree, was so-named for the four-sided branches, which were used to make spindles. When Jefferson listed "Evergreen Spindle tree," he was probably alluding to the E. Americana despite the fact that it is less evergreen than the European species.