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Burning Bush Shrubs
A garden or hedge planted with burning bush shrubs may seem unremarkable in spring and summer, but, come autumn, 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 quite well, though slowly, in hardiness zones 4 through 8 and can reach up to 15 feet in height. Burning bushes are also available in a number of cultivars, including dwarf varieties such as Rudy Haag and Pipsqueak, each of which grows 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 and one-quarter inches wide. They prefer slightly moist, well-drained soils but will do well in most soils and can 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 Growth Pattern
Small flowers appear in May and June, and these become tiny red/orange berries often obscured by its leaves. These attract birds as well as pollinators and wildlife. In fact, 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 easily. This should be done in early spring before foliage appears.
Burning bushes are extremely low maintenance and best planted in the fall or early spring. A hole twice or three times the size of the rootball and of the same depth should be dug, the roots gently loosened before placing it. 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 its many varieties of colorful foliage, also pair well. Additional bedmates include bleeding hearts, columbine, coneflowers, and asters. As for trees, burning bushes are a nice complement to another native Asian, the Japanese maple.