The Q&A Archives: Planting Zone For "burning Bush"

Question: What is the correct name and planting zone for "Burning Bush or fire Bush?

Answer: Burning bush is Euonymus alata, also known as Winged Euonymus or Spindle Tree.

This shrub is one of the great beauties of the autumn season. It is distinguished by vibrant scarlet foliage and small red-orange fruit in the fall as well as unusual corky "wings" which flare out along its branches. It is effective used in mass plantings, in a shrub border, as an accent plant or as a neat attractive hedge. The species can grow to 15+ feet. However, "Compactus" grows to only 6-10 feet and an even smaller variety, "Rudy Haag" grows to only 5 feet high and wide. It is not fussy about soil requirements (except for excessive wet areas) and there are no significant pest problems. It also transplants very easily. It is truly a maintenance free shrub and is hardy to Zone 4.

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