The Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) captivates gardeners with its stunning display of fiery red foliage in autumn. This versatile shrub offers year-round interest with its attractive form, vibrant colors, and low-maintenance requirements. Its adaptability makes it a popular choice for adding a burst of color and texture to various landscape designs.

What You Need To Know:


  • Lifespan: 20-30 years with proper care.
  • Canopy Size/Spread: 6-10 feet tall and wide, depending on variety.
  • Root Characteristics: Non-invasive, shallow, and fibrous root system. Not a threat to foundations.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, around 1-2 feet per year.
  • Edible Characteristics: Berries are considered mildly toxic and not recommended for consumption.

Growing Conditions

  • Soil: Adapts well to most soils, but prefers well-drained loam.
  • Water: Requires regular watering, especially during the first year, but becomes more drought-tolerant once established.
  • Light: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
  • Hardiness Zone: USDA Zones 4-8

More Than Just Fall Color

  • Flowering: Inconspicuous, greenish-yellow flowers appear in late spring, but are not a major ornamental feature.
  • Fall Foliage: The star of the show! The foliage transforms into a stunning display of vibrant red, orange, and occasionally purple hues.
  • Fruit: Small, pink capsules open to reveal red-orange seeds, adding winter interest after the leaves fall. However, be aware that these berries can be mildly toxic.

Interesting Facts:

  • Specimen planting: Create a vibrant focal point with a single Burning Bush in a garden bed.
  • Hedge planting: Establish a low-maintenance, colorful privacy hedge.
  • Foundation planting: Add a pop of color and texture alongside your home’s foundation.
  • Border planting: Frame walkways and borders with a striking display of foliage.
  • Burning Bush seeds were historically used for medicinal purposes, though this practice is not recommended today due to potential toxicity.
  • The plant has played a symbolic role in various religious traditions.


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