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Euonymus alatus Compactus
  • Burning Bush is a fast growing hedge plant
  • Burning Bush is drought and disease resitant
  • Burning Bush has fire-engine red foliage in fall

Euonymus alatus Compactus

Burning Bush. Fast Growing Hedge Plant & fire-engine red fall color!
Item: #EUOCO2Q
ZONE 4,5,6,7,8
As low as $19.99
  • Fast growing Hedge Plant
  • Brilliant, 10+ weeks of fire-engine red fall color
  • Drought Tolerant & Disease Resistant
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade
  • Plant in groups of 6, 12, or 24 for best results
  • Plant 4-5 feet apart for a quick, full hedge screen
  • Ship Size: Jumbo 1/2 Gallon Pots
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Euonymus alatus Compactus Description

Fast growing shrub for privacy. Tolerates heat, humidity and drought!

Few other hedge plants rival the blazing red color of Burning Bush in the fall. This fast-growing hedge plant is easy to grow, requires little care and is drought tolerant once established.

Highlights of Burning Bush/Euonymus

  • Grows in a wide range of soil from acid to alkaline
  • Ultra fast growing deciduous shrub
  • Thrives in sun to part shade
  • Open habit - growing 5 feet tall
  • Lush green foliage during the spring-summer
  • Blazing red color in fall
  • Ultra hardy from Zones 4-8
  • Ideal for back of the border or concealing unsightly utility and air-conditioning united.

Clusters of leaves dangle from a stem.  Small flowers appear in spring that turn into berries, and are enjoyed by birds.

How to Grow

Burning bush has no special requirements.  Adaptable to acid or alkaline soils. It grows well in full sun and part shade.  Fall color may be more pronounced in a sunny environment.  No pruning is necessary, but if you wish to prune to size to control height and width, you should do this in the spring. 

Plant Spacing

Before planting, consider how you are going to be using burning bush. Are you going to be growing it as a hedge?  Use it in a border?  Plants will ultimately grow about 5 feet high by 5 feet wide. so you'll want to space anywhere between 4 - 5 feet apart. 

Special Features: Cold Hardy, Color Change, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Season Extender

Quick Facts

  • Botanical Name:
    Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
  • Common Name:
    Burning Bush
  • Zone:
  • Sun Exposure:
    Sun, Part Shade
  • Delivery:
    See Schedule
  • Ship Form:
    2 Quart
  • Soil Type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil Moisture:
    Dry, Average
  • Height x Width:
    5' x 5'
  • Flower Color:
  • Foliage Color:
    Red in fall
  • Bloom Season:
  • Uses:
    Background, Foundation Planting, Hedge, Ornamental, Privacy, Screen
  • Cannot Ship to:
    AK, CAN, HI, MA, PR
  • Patent #:None



Soil: Average, medium moisture, well-drained soil.  An adaptable shrub that tolerates a wide range of soils except for wet, poorly-drained ones
Light: Full sun to part shade. Tolerates close to full shade, but usually at the expense of diminished fall color, (where growth is less vigorous, and fall color is a mixture of pink-red and faded yellow).
Water: Average -- Plants appreciate consistent moisture, particularly when grown in full sun locations.
Spacing:  4 - 5 feet
Fertilizing: Can mulch with compost, or apply a timed release fertilizer (such as "Osmocote") in the spring.
Winterizing: No specific care needed
Maintenance & Pruning: Can prune in spring or early summer to shape the shrub. Plants that are older, too large and/or over sheared will respond well to rejuvenation pruning in early Spring (severe pruning from 0.5' to 2' above the ground), having relatively few stems the first year, but branching out nicely in the second and subsequent years.   


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Antonio D  |  May 12, 2014
My order just arrived yesterday, and I just had to write and thank you. No only was the delivery prompt and very well packed, but the vivaciousness of the plants themselvers made opening each mox a pleasant surprise. Everything was fresh enough to practically walk out of the box on their own, and the soil and root balls were still quite moist, which seems to have all but eliminated any shipping trauma. I'm already looking forward to my next order...as soon as my spouse lets me have the credit card back. :))