Bursting-Heart (Euonymus americanus), Mt. Cuba, Hockenville, Delaware every October.
A deciduous bush so modest and thin-boughed you miss it if you don’t know where it is hiding. Verging on straggly, with spectacular fruit and seeds, it is autumn when the couture-coloured fruit opens. Birds eat the seeds and deer the leaves. Not poisonous to Sapiens but a very strong laxative.
Found throughout the Piedmont of the Eastern US and into Texas and Ontario.
(The last photo found on the web and of unknown provenance).