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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

Origin: Asia

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
More Information:
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.

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