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Fire Ball® Burning Bush
Euonymus alatus

  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 60 - 84 Inches
Programs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Fire Ball® Burning Bush Euonymus alatus
Sun 60 - 84

Features

Outstanding bright red fall foliage. May be pruned in late winter. Hardier than other varieties. Adaptable. Excellent for landscaping.

Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Drought Tolerant

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
60 - 84 Inches
Spacing: 
60 - 96 Inches
Spread: 
60 - 84 Inches
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Dark Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Grown for Foliage
Hardiness Zones: 
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Great landscape plant.

Maintenance Notes: 

There are few problems with this shrub. It is low maintenance, has nice bark, and isn't prone to pest problems. However, to maximize the fall red foliage color, the plants should be placed in full sun. Plants placed in areas with too much shade will color up much later in the fall and will often lose their leaves before they have a chance to turn bright red. Tolerant of most soils except extremely wet conditions. pH adaptable. Prefers medium moisture. Deciduous shrub. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label recommended rate of application. Fertilizer will prime the plant to have a good growth flush in spring to its maximum potential. Withstands heavy pruning. Can be done whenever, but best done in late fall.

An improved selection of compact burning bush with tighter branching and superior hardiness. Burning bush derives its common name from its bright red fall foliage color - a reference to Moses' burning bush experience. Other varieties of burning bush may experience die-back during harsh winters; Fire Ball has had no winter damage even in the coldest of midwestern winters. Plant it among spring and summer flowering shrubs for a jolt of color in the fall. The slightly more compact habit makes it a better fit in the landscape than other varieties, which may reach up to 10 feet in height. Fire Ball will only get about 7 feet tall.

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