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Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush)

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Noted for its fluorescent fall foliage and very ornamental berries, Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush) is a large, spreading, deciduous shrub of great popularity. In late spring to early summer, a profusion of tiny, non-showy, greenish flowers appear before being replaced by purplish-red fruits that mature during the fall. At this time, each fruit capsule splits open to reveal orange-coated seeds which hang on far into winter. They are attractive to some birds who enjoy them during the winter months. The foliage of elliptic, green leaves turns impressive scarlet red in the fall before shedding to the ground, revealing conspicuous corky wings that project from the twigs. Adding a spectacular splash of color in the fall and providing winter interest, Euonymus alatus species is however considered invasive in some parts of the USA where it will out-compete native plants to form dense thickets. Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

  • This dense, twiggy, flat-topped multi-stemmed shrub grows with a graceful vase-shaped habit, up to 15-20 ft. tall and wide (450-600 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. While full shade is tolerated, the best fall display generally occurs in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soils excluding boggy and wet soils.
  • Generally pest free. Watch for powdery mildews.
  • Attracts birds and wildlife
  • Great as a specimen plant, shrub borders, or as an informal hedge or screen. This plant is particularly striking against a background of evergreens.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to eastern Russia, Japan, China, and Korea
  • All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Celastraceae
Genus Euonymus
Common names Burning Bush, Winged Euonymus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Spread 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry Bush)
Euonymus fortunei (Wintercreeper)
Euonymus japonicus ‘Silver King’ (Japanese Spindle)
Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Aureovariegatus’ (Japanese Spindle)
Euonymus fortunei ‘Canadale Gold’ (Wintercreeper)
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ (Wintercreeper)

Recommended Companion Plants

Aster dumosus ‘Sapphire’ (Bushy Asters)
Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron’ (Japanese Blood Grass)
Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass)
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ (Blue Fescue)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Celastraceae
Genus Euonymus
Common names Burning Bush, Winged Euonymus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Spread 15' - 20'
(4.6m - 6.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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