Burning bush

Euonymus alatus

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries
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Burning bush (Euonymus alatus)
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Genus:  Euonymus
The familiar burning bush is a dense, flat-topped, deciduous shrub with a rounded, horizontal branching habit. Reddish purple fruit grows beneath the simple, finely toothed, dark green leaves. Foliage turns an extremely showy bright red in autumn. Smaller cultivars exist.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Easily transplanted and tolerant of many growing conditions. Highly invasive species that may escape cultivation and naturalize in the wild; it has become a problem in New England, especially in New Hampshire and Connecticut. Native to northeastern Asia.
Care:  Tolerates most any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, but plants grown in sun generally need moister soil. Evergreens need a sheltered site out of the wind.
Propagation:  Root greenwood cuttings.
Problems:  Common: mites, scale insects, leaf miners, aphids, and mealybugs. Frequent: witches' broom, stem dieback, powdery mildew, and fungal spots.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Type
Shrubs

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