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Growing Burning Bush

Growing Burning Bush

Grove Dwarf Burning Bush



A popular, slow-growing shrub with a rounded habit and glossy green foliage which turns a brilliant red color in fall. Native to Asia. Makes a good specimen plant and often used as a screen or hedge. It produces red fruit that is eaten by birds. Hardy in zones 4 to 8. It is also known as Dwarf Winged Euonymus.

How To Plant

Make sure bare root plants are kept cool and out of direct sun until planted. Plant outdoors 4 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. Prepare a planting hole 12 to 18 inches wide and deep enough to fit the roots without bending. Mix compost or other organic matter into the soil, and plant so the roots are slightly deeper than when grown in the nursery.


For full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. Very adaptable and tolerates heavy soil, infertile soil, and acidic to alkaline conditions. Responds well to pruning to shape plants. Fall color is best when grown in full sun.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Burning bush is a moderate feeder that benefits from annual fertilization. Use full rates of ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Usually free from serious pest or disease problems. Scale insects sometimes attack plants. Leaf spot, and powdery mildew diseases sometimes occur. Use All Seasons Spray Oil to treat scale problems and 70% neem oil to treat disease problems.

Alternative Products

Cotoneaster and Sweetspire are other shrubs with bright red fall color. Another shrub commonly used as a hedge is PrivetArborvitae is an evergreen tree used for hedges and screening.

Product Recommendations

Spring blooming bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths can be planted close to burning bush to provide color and interest early in the season.

Burning Bush Facts

Burning Bush can spread aggressively by seed in some climates, including the Northeastern US.

Growing Tips