Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
Dwarf Burning Bush
Catalogue A# 2018-037 H31
GPS 45D 43' 58" N / 108D 37' 22" W
Euonymus alatus compacta
Common name: Dwarf Burning Bush
Location: Homestead-south side Pump house
Number in accession: 7
Note: Not considered small growing
Botanical name: Euonymus alatus
All Common Names: Burning bush; burningbush; burning-bush; winged euonymus
Family (English): Staff tree
Family (Botanic): Celastraceae
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: Non-native
Landscape Uses: Hedge, Massing, Mixed border, Screen, Shade tree, Specimen, Windbreak
Size Range: Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Mature Height: 15 to 20 feet high
Mature Width: 15 to 20 feet wide
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
Acid Soils: Tolerant
Alkaline Soils: Prefers
Salt Spray: Tolerant
Soil Salt: Tolerant
Drought Conditions: Intolerant
Poor Drainage: Intolerant
Season of Interest: Early fall, Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
Shape or Form: Broad, Multi-stemmed, Oval, Round
Growth Rate: Slow
Tree & Plant Care
A popular dense, rounded shrub because of the bright red fall color.
Tolerant of wide range of soil pH, best in full sun but tolerant of shade.
Well drained soil a must.
Because of invasive tendencies, burning bush is not recommended.
Disease, pests, and problems
Scale, root rots in wet soils, spider mites
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxcitity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Northeastern Asia to central China
Burning bush is a popular large shrub common in yards and gardens throughout North America. This Asian shrub is invasive and should not be planted. It is known for its bright red fall color. It has invasive traits that enable it to spread aggressively. This shrub is under observation and may be listed on official invasive species lists in the near future.