Burning Bush Shrub

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Burning Bush Shrubs, Euonymus Alatus, makes a wonderful garden hedge

 A garden or hedge planted with burning bush shrubs may seem unremarkable in spring and summer, but, come autumn, it will experience a burst of fiery red color like no other. Native to Asia, these deciduous shrubs make a bold statement as a single, central planting, as a hedge, massing or mixed border, and even in planters. 

 The botanical name for these ornamental shrubs is Euonymus alatus, from the family Celastraceae. They grow pretty well, though slowly, in hardiness zones 4 through 8 and can reach up to 15 feet in height. Burning bushes are also available in several cultivars, including dwarf varieties such as Rudy Haag and Pipsqueak, each growing to about five feet maximum. Another variety, Compactus, is not so compact as it can reach 10 feet tall. While most burning bushes are remarkable for the distinctive ridges on their stems, which are most noticeable after the leaves have fallen, the smooth-stemmed cultivar, Apterus, is a notable exception. Monstrous, as its name suggests, can grow 15 to 20 feet tall.

 Burning bushes prefer full sun but will tolerate partial shade. However, too much shade tends to dampen the bright, crimson color of the foliage, its greatest attraction. Their medium to blue-green to dark-green leaves are typically one to three inches long and about one-quarter inches wide. They prefer slightly moist, well-drained soils but will do well in most soils and even tolerate some drought conditions. Densely-growing and multi-stemmed, their angular branches help maintain a natural, oval-shaped pattern of growth. 


Burning Bush Shrubs, Euonymus Alatus Growth Pattern

  Small flowers appear in May and June, and these become tiny red/orange berries often obscured by their leaves. These attract birds as well as pollinators and wildlife. The burning bush owes much of its aggressive propagation to birds who ingest the berries and deposit them elsewhere. Pruning may be necessary to control the height of burning bushes and to cut back suckers that take root quickly. It would help if you did this in early spring before foliage appears. 

 Burning bushes are low maintenance and best planted in the fall or early spring. You should dig a hole twice or three times the size of the rootball, and you should dig the same depth. The roots gently loosened before placing them. Backfill the soil and water well, adding a few inches of mulch. If planting them as a hedge, space them five to seven feet apart. 

 Reds and greens are nearly always striking together. Thus, good companion plants include ornamental grasses and ferns as well as shrub roses. The evergreen perennial heucheras, known for their many varieties of colorful foliage, also pair well. Additional bedmates include bleeding hearts, columbine, coneflowers, and asters. As for trees, burning bushes are an excellent complement to another native Asian, the Japanese maple. 


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Euonymus Alatus, also commonly known as the Burning Bush Shrub, is one of the most stunning trees and shrubs you will ever see. It is among the trees with the most striking foliage colors, with an appearance worth looking at. 

The eye-catching Burning Bush belongs to the Staff-vine family and is widely found in the Midwest and the Eastern United States. It is a unique native plant in over 25 states, including Delaware and Pennsylvania. The beautiful looks of this plant are not restricted to fall color only. The new emerging shrubs have ridges on their stems. 

The stems of young Burning Bush shrubs are green-brown with multiple angular branches. While the two and a half inches long leaves exhibit a bright red color in the fall, their lush greenish-blue color in summer and spring is no less attractive. Red-orange small berries appear on the branches after the flowering season, attracting pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. They act as excellent privacy screens and hedge plants with high windscreen strength. This shrub reaches 4 to 8 feet tall at maximum with a similar spread.

Burning Bush grows the best in planting zones 4 to 8, where they can grow in minimum winter temperatures. Hence, they are found almost everywhere in North America except the hottest areas.

Height at maturity: 4 to 8 feet tall and wide

Zone: 4 to 8

Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial sun to Partial Shade

Ship As: Bareroot

Growing the Burning Bush Shrub is incredibly easy. You can grow it as an individual plant or plant them near each other to form a hedge or privacy screen. They do well in full or partial sunlight, encompassing over 6 hours of direct sunlight. They also survive in partial shade, but you can experience the best colors when grown in full sunlight. Providing more shade than the sun to these plants changes the red fall foliage to pink.

Burning bush euonymus alatus develops well in a wide range of growing conditions and soil types, including sand, clay, and anything else, without the need for a specific pH level. However, the need for semi-moist, draining soil persists and allows it to develop adequately. Besides their adaptability to numerous soils, they are also drought-tolerant. Burning Bush Shrub is a low-maintenance plant with no extensive watering needs. 

If you love to see your plants in full bloom, you may want to add a slow-release fertilizer apart from offering partial to full sun to Burning Bush. Adding the fertilizer in the early spring will prime the plant for extraordinary growth in the blooming season. The early spring and fall are the excellent seasons to plant your Burning Bush Shrub to see it grow gradually. It shows a moderate growth rate, adding 1 – 2 feet of height and width every year till the plant reaches maturity.

To get the best of all worlds, prune your shrub in early spring or late winter whether you want to boost its growth or maintain the shape. Remove any damaged, diseased, or dead wood close to the primary stem to ensure the emergence of healthy branches. They are pest-resistant, eliminating the need for pest control to maintain them.

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Planting Zones 4-8
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1 Review

  • 5
    very good product


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