The Burning Bush Shrub, winged euonymus, is a great shrub to add color to your fall landscape. This shrub gets its name from its brightly colored red leaves that it has in the fall. The official name of this plant is, Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alatus) and is also known as a winged spindle tree. It is very popular in the bushes and shrubs categories. Find facts and information on this beautiful shrub.
This is a deciduous shrub that has a slow growth pattern. It prefers a well drained soil. The burning bush will grow to15 to 20’ high and up to 15’ wide. You should plant this shrub where it is the most visible in your landscape. It will be the highlight of your fall landscape, so you want to place it in a prime location. This plant can also be used as a beautiful bonsai specimen.
Your burning bush shrub can be planted as a specimen plant, part of a mixed shrub border, or as an informal hedge. It will leaf out early in spring, and the summer foliage is clean and green. In the Fall the foliage turns a brilliant red. The unusual winged stems and red fruits offer winter interest as well. In some areas birds and wildlife feed on the seeds, leading to self-seeding. Full sun is best for fall color, but plants will still have fall color in shaded areas. It will adapt to a wide range of soils but will not tolerate boggy or swamp like conditions.
Care of Winged Euonymus (Burning Bush Shrub)
The burning bush is easily transplanted in its balled-and-burlapped state, or from a container in spring or early fall. Water it well during the first few months, then only during dry periods. Established plants are drought resistant. You should feed every other spring with plant food, such as Miracle-Gro. Try to avoid over-fertilizing the plant.
Prune out any dead, broken, or diseased branches or stems at any time of the year. This shrub will respond to heavy pruning for a more dense appearance. You should begin pruning hedge plants in the second year, after that you will only need to do an annual shaping. For an informal look, only prune lightly. If you want a more tighter appearance, then prune the shrub more severely.
Propagation of the burning bush shrub is done by taking softwood or hardwood cuttings at any time. You can sow seeds in the fall, but be aware that self-sown seeds can be very invasive.
Pests and Diseases of the Burning Bush Shrub
Pests and diseases on the winged euonymus consists of possibly oyster shell scale in warm climates. Spray your plant with dormant oil in early spring before new growth appears. Deer and rabbits like the foliage and new stems, but their feeding on it will not damage the plant.
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