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Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
  • Burning bush has brilliant fire engine red foliage in the fall
  • Euonymus alatus Compactus is a fast growing hedge plant
  • Burning bush is drought and disease resistant

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

Fast growing burning bush with fire engine red fall color!
Item: #EUOCO2Q
ZONE 4,5,6,7,8
As low as $17.99
  • 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 Quart
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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 alatus)

  • 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
  • Cold and heat tolerant - thrives in 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:
    Full sun (6+ hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil moisture:
  • 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:
    IN, MA, ME, NY, VT, WI
  • Patent #:None



Soil:  Any average soil will do; avoid extreme wet or dry conditions. 
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Water:  Moderate moisture
Spacing:  Plant 4-5 feet apart
Fertilizing:  Seldom needed; apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring if desired
Winterizing:  Burning bush has shallow roots; a 2-3" layer of mulch helps conserve moisture and insulate the roots.
Maintenance:  Little pruning is needed, but the plant may be shaped as desired. Trim or shape in mid-late spring, after the new growth has emerged by before it hardens off. 


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Where Are The Flowers???
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Mary Shaul  |  Aug 23, 2020
I purchased 15 plants in April of 2019. To dat, I have yet to see a bud and certainly NO BLOOMING OF FLOWERS. They are growing, healthy and green...but no flowers . SO DISAPPOINTED!!!
Owner Response: Hello - The Euonymus Compactus is not known for its flowers. Very small flowers appear in spring that quickly turn into berries. It is known for its bright red foliage in the fall. -- Management

Surprized in size.
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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 soon as my spouse lets me have the credit card back. :))