Euonymus Alatus Compactus, also known as winged spindle, winged euonymus or burning bush, is a species native to Japan, China and Korea. It will add amazing, fiery-red foliage to your garden in the fall and a cooling blue-green in the summer. It is dense, flat-topped and deciduous with a horizontal branching habit. Perfect planted en masse and is a sensational accent. Looks great in geometric planting designs such as hedges and flower garden windbreaks. For maximum effect, plant with larger conifers or evergreens.
About this Variety
The burning bush is an object described by the Book of Exodus as being located on Mount Horeb. According to the narrative, the bush was on fire, but was not consumed by the flames, hence the name.
- Fiery-red foliage in Fall
- Grows in most soils and locations
- Drought tolerant
- Excellent as a privacy hedge
Foliage Summer through Fall
Grows 60-84" tall
Plant 60-84" apart with the root ball even with ground level
Hardy in zones 4-9
Soil preparation: Burning Bush prefers rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Planting: Dig a hole 8-10" deep and wide enough so the roots can be spread apart. Return soil loosely to the depth needed by the plant, so that all of its roots will be covered with about 2" of soil. Place plant in hole, spread roots and fill with good loose garden soil. Watering: Water thoroughly at planting. While actively growing, water frequently and thoroughly so that water will reach roots. Mulching: Mulch to keep the soil cool and prevent soil from drying out. Fertilizing: Fertilize newly planted burning bush after a year with an all purpose slow acting granular fertilizer. Sprinkle a cup full in fall beneath the shrub and 18" beyond the branch tips to allow rain to soak in. Decomposing mulch can also provide nutrients to the soil.
For that burst of flame in fall, be sure to plant the shrubs where they get full sun for most of the day. Even though they love living in the shade, the leaves will not be able to turn red without a massive dose of sunshine on a daily basis. Plant 3' apart if your goal is a hedge.