Burning bush is a large deciduous shrub that originates from China, Japan and Korea. This popular landscape shrub has a large spreading habit, compound leaves of dark green and prominent corky 'wings' along its stems. But, it is best known for its fall foliage of glowing vibrant red, thus the name burning bush.
Late in the season this shrub becomes covered with four-lobed capsules that split open to reveal orange-red seeds, which are relished by birds and disseminated everywhere. These seeds germinate readily and grow quickly causing this plant to be invasive in natural environments across North America.
Burning bush is shade tolerant, but grows best in sites with full sun and well drained, fertile soil. (Info source: Learn2Grow.com)Burning bush is shade tolerant, but grows best in sites with full sun and well drained, fertile soil. (Info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Euonymus
Species - Alatus
Common name - Burning Bush
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m (15)
Spread - 10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m (12)
Plant type - Medium Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break
Germination rate - 72%
Bloom season - Late Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Yellow-green
|Germination||1. Soak seeds for 24 hours in a warm water|
2. Stratify for 2-3 months in dampened peat or sand, in a plastic box or bag at 4°C or 5°C in a refrigerator. The seeds should not be frozen or in a wet medium.
3. After the pretreatment, sow about 2mm deep in a well drained seed sowing mix at about 10-20°C.
Euonymus seeds will usually germinate in 20-365 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic.
When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm long taken at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy.