The Q&A Archives: Burning Bush Remains Green In Fall

Question: I planted a Burning Bush in spring of 1999 in full sun. It grew well through the summer, gained 4-5 inches in height and remained healthy. However it did not turn red in the fall. It now has doubled in size,now about 3 feet high, is bushy and healthy and has not started turning red as others have in my area. Why won't it perform?

Answer: I'll bet your plant is just too immature to behave as expected! Leaves of the burning bush change color when there's a chill in the air, providing the shrub is old enough to react to the temperature change. Give your plant one more year to mature and it should provide the display of color you expect.

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