Burning Bush That Stays Green - Knowledgebase Question

Toronto, ON
Question by welshwitch75
September 4, 2001

Read your answer to this same question but in my case immaturity is not the problem. . I've had a burning bush for 4 years now and although it had doubled its size and is very healthy, the leaves *still* won't turn red. Ironically, I bought it in the fall when the leaves were red. It's in part shade and the soil is clay. I don't fertilize it but mulch it in spring and fall. Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
September 4, 2001


In my experience, these shrubs turn reddest when grown in full sun all day long. In a shady spot, the coloring is reduced and I suspect that is what is happening in this case.

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