Dwarf Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus 'Compactus')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 6-8 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: May be a noxious weed or invasive.
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen, clean and dry seeds. Direct sow after last frost.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2004 Great Plant Picks Award Winner


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Posted by Frillylily (springfield MO area - Zone 6a) on Jul 29, 2017 4:10 PM

I have had a row of these for 4 years now. They are in shade during the morning and sun the rest of the day. The soil there is not terrible but not great either and there are some trees close enough to compete. The deer love to eat the new growth off in the spring, don't seem to care about the rest of the shrub. They are still the same size as when I planted them. Not sure whether this is due to the deer or not. But the other shrubs that are nearby, the deer have nibbled on and they have grown a lot anyway. Really disappointed that it is not more vigorous growing. I am in zone 6a.

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 10:59 AM

"Compacta." HA! I just ripped mine out. It was over 10 ft tall and had a diameter of over 14 ft, and I had already chopped almost half of it off! Shallow rootball, sends out thick roots sideways rather than down. Huge mess of feeder roots as well. Magnificent red foliage, but only if you get a quick cold snap. Otherwise, the leaves first turn purple and then red. Tolerates shade, tolerates terrible soil.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 11, 2018 8:54 AM

This Compact Winged Euonymus Burningbush is planted more commonly in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and upper South of the USA than the standard species that is also an abundant landscape plant, sold by most every conventional nursery. It normally gets about 5 to 6 feet high and a little wider for many years, but it can decide to eventually grow larger to 8 feet high and even sometimes to 10 feet high or more. Sometimes, the compact and standard stock get some mix up in nurseries. The old specimen of Compact Burningbush at the corner of my parent's house planted back in 1954 was about 6 feet high for the first 40 years and then decided to expand to 8 feet high and a little wider last time I saw it in 2016. The twigs of this compact cultivar only become slightly winged. It is a clean, neat, good-quality shrub that gets a good red fall color, though more pink in the shade. It develops a very dense fibrous root system around itself, so to add any plants around it after it is mature is very difficult. It develops dense foliage and is often used as a screen or sheared hedge. Like the larger standard Winged Euonymus, I think it is over-used and I would like to see more variety in landscapes. Its orange seeds are eaten by some birds, and it escapes cultivation to have progeny grow as an invasive Asian plants along or in woods in eastern North America, that usually revert to being the standard species.

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Plant Events from our members
MissMew On July 6, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Removed shrub form Back south west. OVERGROWN 'dwarf'
MissMew On June 2, 2016 Transplanted
Front main moved to boulevard
MissMew On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
Front main - tree form
MissMew On May 1, 2004 Obtained plant
Back north
christine2 On May 1, 2008 Obtained plant
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