Burning Bush

Posted by Tammy Sons on Sep 29, 2015

A Basic Guide to Burning Bush Plant Care

The burning bush plant, scientific name (Euonymus Alatus), is a tasteful addition to gardens' sense of grace. Its prominent autumn leaf color complements the surroundings phenomenally, especially in yards that boast timeless fence systems. Consequently, a gardener must learn how to prune the tree correctly. That is to make sure it grows to the mature width & height intended. Moreover, it helps to know when to prune the bush and the best places to plant it. That tremendously improves the overall look of the shrub, including its texture and pigmentation of the leaves.

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How to Avoid Dwarfism in Burning Bush

A dwarf plant is of the same species as the original but does not reach a mature width & height. Ironically, "Dwarf Euonymus Alatus" grows to maturity, despite earning this classification. This version has smaller, cork-like ridges on its bark that are not prevalent in the original species. Fortunately, proper feeding and care of the plant as it matures can lower the risks of dwarfism. Besides, it prevents other unforeseen predicaments that usually impair plant life. They are also super drought-tolerant plants.

Care and Feeding Tips

Burning bush does not need extra care to grow. Reasonably, it is maintenance-free until it reaches its mature width & height. In this case, it is up to the gardener to decide when to prune it. Even when the environment is not ideal, this plant thrives effortlessly, presuming it gets enough sunlight. Ideally, the shrub favors moist, slightly acidic soil, adding a rich tone to the leaves. What's more, the plant also adapts to other environments, such as dry or poorly nourished soil. Sadly, this can reduce the effects of fall foliage quality.

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The shrubs take on new leaves during spring. When pursuing an annual fertilizer regime, it helps to do so before spring arrives. Another helpful reminder to gardeners is to test and grade the soil's nutrient level before applying any fertilizer. In addition, a gardener needs to use a quality fertilizer to avoid nitrogen deficiency and mild leaf chlorosis. As a plant that experiences few health disadvantages, poor care can cause a series of problems. Gardeners who know how to prune them scarcely complain about overgrowth issues. The best places to plant them are in well-nourished soil and where sunlight can reach it. Summer drought can cause the shrub to change color in the leaves prematurely.

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