Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus

Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me


Burning Bush is a hardy and attractive shrub or small tree growing to 15 feet, which will thrive almost anywhere. It is especially suitable for colder regions where it will tolerate extremely low temperatures and yet also survive summer drought. Its main feature is the spectacular scarlet-red fall color, which will bring your garden alive and amaze your neighbours. It can be easily pruned or clipped into a hedge and makes a beautiful boundary screen or an isolated specimen tree.

  • Spectacular fall color of brilliant reds and pinks
  • Great garden shrub to 15 feet tall
  • Grows well from full sun to partial shade
  • Easily clipped into a beautiful hedge
  • Tough, cold hardy, pest-free and easy to grow

The Burning Bush can be planted almost anywhere, in sun or partial shade, and even along a path or driveway, since it does not have large roots that will lift paving or foundations. It has no pests or diseases and it is also resistant to deer. If you are looking for an easy shrub that will grow well anywhere, Burning Bush is for you.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-9
Mature Width 10-15
Mature Height 15-20
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 5-9

**Burning Bush cannot be sold to Massachusetts or New Hampshire as it is has been placed on their extensive lists of prohibited plants.

Every garden should come alive with color in the fall. If you could get the most spectacular fall color imaginable from a tough, problem-free shrub or small tree that can be easily pruned into a hedge, that will grow in any soil and tolerate bitter cold and drought too, wouldn’t you want that plant? Well, Burning Bush will do it. This is one of the toughest shrubs around; it is hardy not just in all the northern states, but right up in to Canada too. Yet it will grow happily in hot states as well. It has no pests or diseases, grows fast and is easily pruned at any time of the year.

We sell only trees that are true to the original form and we have a wide range of sizes to give you the best plant for your purpose. However we are constantly renewing our stock so our customers get fresh, healthy plants, so supplies of this tree may be limited. To avoid disappointment order now.

Growing Burning Bushes

Burning Bush will easily grow a foot a year -and not just up, but out as well. Yet it can be pruned easily into a neat hedge and the more you prune the denser and more beautiful your hedge will become. This tough plant is an excellent choice for a hedge or screen up to 15 feet tall or perhaps even more. It can be controlled to 3 to 5 feet wide. Because the root system is fibrous there are no large roots, so it can be planted close to a building, drive or walkway and it will not damage the foundations or lift the walk.

Burning Bush is tolerant of all but the most severe drought conditions. Once established the plants need no additional water in a normal summer and indeed, dry summers help to make the fall color even stronger. It has no pests or diseases and is usually not eaten by deer. Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus, grows wild in colder areas of China, Korea and Japan. It was brought to America around 1860 and proved itself to be a hardy, reliable plant that tolerates a wide variety of conditions

Size and Appearance

Left un-pruned Burning Bush will grow into a small tree 15 to 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet across. Some trees may even become wider than they are tall. This is an elegant tree, with the branches growing almost horizontally as the tree matures. As a specimen in an open area, it makes a beautiful picture at all seasons. Pruned, it is easily controlled and can be grown into a hedge 5 to 15 feet tall.

The trunk is usually quite small and the plant will usually have multiple trunks. The stems have ridges of light-brown bark along them which look like little wings – the word ‘alatus’ in the scientific name of the Burning Bush means a wing. The leaves are small, one or two inches long, and oval in shape. They are an attractive slightly bluish green color in summer, but in fall they turn the most brilliant scarlet red you can imagine. A tree or hedge in the fall is a magnificent sight and will be the talk of your neighborhood. The flowers are small and inconspicuous and the fruit is a small red berry that is a valuable source of food for many types of birds.

Hardiness and Climate

Burning Bush is amazingly hardy right across America except for Florida and California where the winters are not cold enough for it. It even grows well up into Canada, so no matter how cold your area is, this plant will thrive. It will also be happy in exposed, sunny locations and in dry soil, once it is established. There is need to make any special preparations, just plant your Burning Bush in a sunny spot and it will do the rest.

Using as a Hedge

There are many different varieties of Burning Bush available. Some of them are very small and slow-growing, so they will never make a large hedge. When planting a hedge or screen, Burning Bush should be planted 4-5 feet apart. It is important to buy the right plant, and our trees are grown the correct way, from branch cuttings taken from selected trees. That way every tree is identical to the original so they will produce a very uniform effect when planted in a row. However, these take longer to produce, so avoid cheaper, seedling trees that will only be a disappointment.

Planting Location

Burning Bush will grow in sun or partial shade. However, trees grown in shade will not develop such strong fall colors, turning a beautiful pink, rather than red. So for the best fall color try to plant in a sunny location. This is a hardy tree that will grow in any kind of soil and rarely needs fertilizer. Some fertilizer may be useful in the first few years if you want to grow your hedge as rapidly as possible. Burning Bush can be pruned at any time of year and clipped as often as you want. The more you clip it the denser and fuller it will grow. If you want your hedge right down to the ground, remember to keep the top narrower than the bottom, with slightly sloping sides, so that the light will reach the bottom branches and keep them growing strongly.

Invasive Plant Info

Tier 2 Invasive Sign

Although Burning Bush is quite popular throughout the US, it is found to be invasive in a number of states including our home state of MD. Although it can be bought and planted it should be planted with caution. it is listed as a tier-2 invasive plant in Maryland.

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Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus