Dwarf Burning Bush | Shop Shrubs
An eye-popping plant to beautify your landscape, a burning red bush in Fall!
Dwarf Burning Bush got its name from its smooth green foliage that changes into a burning red shade during Fall. To achieve a brilliant red color, make sure to plant it in spot that will get a full sun. If it is planted in a shade, it will have a soft pink blossom instead of red. This beautiful shrub is perfect for your small yard or garden. It has shown resistance against drought, cold, pests and even deers. It can reach a maximum height of 10 feet and a width of 8 feet. It can be planted in almost all types of soil, even on sand. Just make sure it is well-drained. This awe-inspiring shrub is easy to take care of and needs no pruning. It only needs to be watered during dry season to achieve optimum results. It is ideal to be used as a screen or a hedge.
- Beautiful Burning Red Foliage
- Resistance To Drought and Cold
- Low Maintenance and Doesn't Need Pruning
Growing Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
Growing and Caring for a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
A Dwarf Burning Bush (Euonymus Alata) is a popular evergreen shrub, known for its vibrant red berries in the autumn and winter months that look just like burning embers. This dwarf shrub can be easily grown in containers, as well as integrated into larger gardens, and is pest-resistant, hardy, and fast-growing. Caring for a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub involves choosing the right location, preparing the soil, and understanding basic maintenance needs like pruning and water requirements. With proper care, you’ll have a vibrant burning bush all year round.
Choosing the Right Location for Your Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
When choosing a location for your Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub, it is important to look for a spot that has a good amount of sunlight. The shrub prefers at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, so choosing an area that gets consistent sun will ensure best growth. When it comes to soil, avoid overly saturated or overly moist soils, as the shrub does not fare well in these conditions. Well-drained soil is best, although the shrub is quite adaptable, so it will grow in any average soil composition. Additionally, pick a spot with enough room for the shrub to expand. When fully mature, a Dwarf Burning Bush would like to spread, and should be left at least 4 feet away from other plants.
Preparing the Soil for Planting
Once you have chosen your location, it is time to begin prepping the soil. As previously stated, a well-drained soil is ideal. To amend your soil, incorporate a generous amount of organic material like compost or rotted manure. Additionally, it is a good idea to also mix slow-steady release fertilizer into your soil before planting. This will help ensure that your shrub receives its nutrients during its growth period.
Planting and Caring for a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
When planting your Dwarf Burning Bush, dig the hole at least twice as deep and wide as the Container in which the shrub came in. Backfill the hole with the prepped soil and ensure that the shrub is firmly planted in place. Water the new plant thoroughly and make sure to keep the soil moist during its growth period. For optimal growth and health, it is recommended to fertilize every spring using a balanced fertilizer like Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium (10-10-10). Additionally, if you live in a colder climate, wrap your young shrub in burlap for extra insulation during the winter months.
Watering and Fertilizing a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
Watering your Dwarf Burning Bush once per week should suffice during its growing season. Once established, this shrub is moderate to tolerant of drought, which means it requires less watering than other plants when adequately mulched. That said, during periods of extreme heat and direct sun, you may need to give more frequent waterings. As previously mentioned, it is important to fertilize your shrub every spring with a balanced nutrient solution like 10-10-10.
Pruning and Trimming a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
Prune your Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub in early spring to control its shape and size, before it resumes active growth. With pruning shears, cut back any dead or damaged branches or stems, and then shape the shrub by removing unneeded growth in order to achieve a symmetrical look. This can also be done after flowering for a more natural look if desired. It is best to remove no more than one-third of the shrub’s total foliage at a time.
Common Pests and Diseases of Dwarf Burning Bush Shrubs
One of the benefits of growing a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub is that it is very resistant to most pests and diseases, making it quite low-maintenance. That said, it can encounter occasional problems such as Japanese Beetle larvae or powdery mildew. These pests can usually be taken care of with regular applications of insecticidal soap or other natural remedies. Additionally, if the soil drainage is poor, it could lead to root rot which can be fatal if left untreated.
Winter Care of a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
Winter can be especially harsh on outdoor shrubs and other plants. To prepare your Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub for winter weather, apply a layer of compost around its base and mulch until the ground is covered. This will help insulate its root system and protect it from freezing temperatures. If you experience persistent cold temperatures, consider wrapping the shrub in burlap for additional insulation and protection from frost damage.
Propagating a Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub
Propagating your Dwarf Burning Bush is fairly simple and can be done through semi-hardwood cuttings or by layering existing stems. Both methods require patience though, as propagating from seeds can take up to several weeks or months before showing any signs of life. For cuttings, snip off pieces of 6 inches using sharp shears in late summer or fall then dip them into rooting hormone before planting them in damp potting soil in individual pots. For layering, lightly scratch one side of a stem to expose some root cells before burying it in damp potting soil next to an existing shrub.
A Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub is a beautiful addition to any garden or landscape with its vibrant red berries and easy-care nature. With proper planting and care methods, this shrub can flower and fruit reliably all year round. So if you’re looking for an evergreen shrub that’s both low maintenance and attractive, the Dwarf Burning Bush Shrub is the perfect choice.