Cole's Compact Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus 'Cole's Compact'

A tidy, well-behaved shrub with compact branching and dense foliage, finer than others of its species. Prized for its blazing red leaf color in autumn that is particularly striking when planted near gold-leaved plants. Very useful as a hedge or landscape accent. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationyoo-ON-ih-mus a-LAY-tus
LoreEuonuymus alatus was named burning bush for the similarity of its fiery foliage to the the Old Testament story of Moses.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing, compact, rounded shrub; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFothergilla (Fothergilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Cranberry Bush (Viburnum); Rose (Rosa)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 6

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