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Burning Bush

Botanical Name
Euonymus alatus
Hardiness
Zones 4 to 9
Height
15 to 20 feet
Width
15 to 20 feet
Flowers
May to early June: yellow-green, 3 flowered cyme; not ornamentally effective
Fruit
4-lobed dehiscent capsule holding orange-red seeds
Fall Color
Reds
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Well-drained (best)
Planting & Care
  • Poor fall color with heavy shade and excess nitrogen
Problems
Euonymus caterpillar, clay soil decline, scale, mites, overused, poorly sited (pruned into unnatural shape), can be invasive, RABBITS
Varieties
  • Compactus - 6-8' tall, less corky bark, fall color later and more maroon, less winter hardy
  • Nordine Strain - more compact, more branches near ground, Zone 3b
  • Chicago FireTM - 8-10' by 6-8' in 15 years, cinnamon red fall color, lots of fruit

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