• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing, compact, rounded shrub; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Fall Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:yoo-ON-ih-mus a-LAY-tus
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, compact, rounded shrub; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
    Design IdeasBurning Bush is usually planted as a single specimen or in a grove. It can make a good, natural hedge with changes in every season. Use to brighten dark corners in architecture or in groves of coniferous evergreens to add brilliance and a spot of seasonal color. Excellent for wild garden accent and in habitat planting that needs color.
    Companion PlantsFothergilla (Fothergilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum); Rose (Rosa); Potentilla (Potentilla)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow; adapts to most average, well-drained soils. Avoid poorly-drained, soggy soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. For best fall color, site in full sun, avoid drought stress, and do not heavily prune.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This fiery shrub is native to Japan and was both introduced by von Siebold around 1823. It was among the 485 plants he collected and introduced into Europe from discriptions in his Flora Japonica. However, the plants are found in a much larger range over much of Asia and officially classified in 1860. The first dwarf form appeared before 1928 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Coles Compact Select was introduced by Cole's Nursery.
    Lore:
    Euonuymus alatus was named burning bush for the similarity of its fiery foliage to the the Old Testament story of Moses.