Tyler Golberg
Tyler Golberg
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  • Alexandria, MN
Asked on Oct 28, 2013

Type of Plant?

Angie WDouglas Hunt360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
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I haven't paid much attention to this bush since moving into my new house, but it turned bright red this fall. I love the color, but I have no idea what type of plant it is. Any guesses?
type of plant, gardening
69 answers
  • I believe it is a Burning Bush (euonymous alatus).

    • Tyler Golberg
      on Oct 28, 2013

      @The Garden Frog with C Renee that makes a lot of sense! It certainly fits the description.

  • Pam Park
    on Oct 28, 2013

    I agree, burning bush

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Are the stems or branches squarish looking?

  • Looks like a burning bush, great red in the fall.

  • Yes, you have a beautiful Buning Bush. The red color is lovely in the Fall. I have two, but it seems the one that gets full sun brighens the best. The one in part shade barley starts to show color when a killing frost knocks off all the leaves!

  • Angie W
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush...: )

  • No longer available
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Really pretty. Burning bush sounds about right to me too.

    • Cln208319
      on Oct 28, 2013

      @No longer available it looks like a large burning bush - i have 2 they are shorter and get real full and turn bright red in the Fall - no care needed for these unless you transplant - you can prune it back if you don't want it this tall...i would suggest pruning it back to shape more like a round bush. they are pretty.

  • Lavada Jones
    on Oct 28, 2013

    they have little whiteish flowers in spring. mine did not turn red this year

  • Janice Frans
    on Oct 28, 2013

    It's definitely a burning bush.

  • Gra189536
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Poison oak...ha ha ha..just kidding!

  • Penny
    on Oct 28, 2013

    I didn't think burning bushes got this tall like a tree

  • Sue Rauch
    on Oct 28, 2013

    you can cut it back and trim it up and it will come back thicker!

  • Irlene Petersen Mears
    on Oct 28, 2013

    it looks like my burning bush. Mine are tall. I have cut them back twice. I need to do it again.

  • Karen B
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Tyler, your Burning Bush is so big. It's the prettiest one I've ever seen!

  • Diana K
    on Oct 28, 2013

    I have one about the same size in our yard. I love it!

  • Mary
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush, looks exactly like mine, they come in miniature and regular which is large like this one..Mine is big also.

  • Cheryl
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Its a fire bush I believe

  • Lynne H
    on Oct 28, 2013

    You have a GORGEOUS bushing bush, my dear! And yes, you can prune them back without fear, they'll just grow back just as pretty if not moreso.

  • Elvina T
    on Oct 28, 2013

    that is definitely a burning bush. I have one in my yard that is half the size of yours.

  • Diana R. Greene
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Have always called it a fire bush, same as burning bush. Have never seen one so large. Look at the stem and u will see it is like a triangle instead of round. They can be trimmed as much as u like and it will come back even prettier. Beautiful red leaves in fall.

  • Terry
    on Oct 28, 2013

    It is a burning bush, it should have little tiny berries on it also. FYI, if you have goats these are poisonous to goats...all parts of this bush are deadly to goats.

  • Nora Jean Strohmier
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Looks like my burning bushes

  • Elaine T
    on Oct 28, 2013

    A BIG Burning Bush!!!!

  • Carolyn
    on Oct 28, 2013

    It's a burning bush. I have two in front of my home that I keep trimmed to a reasonable height.

  • Natalie Patterson
    on Oct 28, 2013

    it's a burning bush. I have 5 large ones along my fence line. they are great! no problems for pets either

  • Cindy Kakuk
    on Oct 28, 2013

    It's a burning bush and my son has one in his yard and it always turns red at this time of year

  • Kathleen F
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush.

  • Debi N
    on Oct 28, 2013

    @carolynm actually, according to the aspca, these are very toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/burning-bush

    • Carolynm
      on Oct 28, 2013

      @Debi N Thanks, My terrier almost died after eating a few berries off a Snowberry bush a year ago,

  • TJ
    on Oct 28, 2013

    and they can be invasive in some climates.

  • Peg Hurt
    on Oct 28, 2013

    We always called them a burning bush, think they came from Mexico.

  • Sherry Antes
    on Oct 28, 2013

    looks like a burning bush Any tiny red berries on it?

  • Charlene S
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Yes, that's a Burning Bush. I have a small on next to my deck stairs. From the looks of yours, I guess I'd better move it! haha

  • Susan
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush. We have a couple in our front yard.

  • MIne is to big to try and move! I might take some clippings and start some new ones. I always thought a row of these would be beautiful! Especially because the color comes so late in the season when the rest of the garden is done.

  • Jenifer Junkins
    on Oct 28, 2013

    I purchased a 'Dwarf burning bush' 10 years ago, it is about six feet tall even after being trimmed back dramatically three times. Never realized that the berries are toxic to small animals until reading these comments, however the birds do cherish them during the cold winter months!

  • Becky (J) P
    on Oct 28, 2013

    a beautiful burning bush! And I don't believe reports that those are invasive. I would take bunches of them.

  • Carol Pakenham
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Watched a male pheasant feast on the berries of my burning bush this morning.. Right beside my front door.

  • Sherry Payne
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush

  • Eileen S
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Never saw a burning bush so tall!

  • Jan249064
    on Oct 28, 2013

    This is a burning bush - the are not sold in MA anymore and are illegal to buy. We have 3 in front of our house and they grow INSANE huge! Lovely bush though :-)

  • TRD Designs Ltd.
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Euonymus Alatus.....Burning Bush

  • James Bryan C
    on Oct 28, 2013

    They are also called "Fire on the Mountain" but most call it the Burning Bush

  • Fay Sessions
    on Oct 28, 2013

    it is a burning bush and you can trim them back to control them .

  • Debbie Gilroy
    on Oct 28, 2013

    a burning bush, if you cut it back it will get bushier. I really cut mine back one year and it looks great now

  • Judith Horton-Holm
    on Oct 28, 2013

    fire bush

  • Liz Smith
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush, we just looked at buying them yesterday. Make wonderful fall displays

  • Becky Griffin
    on Oct 28, 2013

    A burning bush. They will make a great hedge. I have about 40 down a horse fence. The older ones are about 10 feet tall. A nice green in summer. Then beautiful in the fall

  • Van193369
    on Oct 28, 2013

    Burning bush. I have 3 in my yard that is looking good right now.

  • Vivian S
    on Oct 29, 2013

    I also have a dwarf burning bush. It grows more slowly I think, but I didn't get to trim it this spring and it is at least 6 feet around. If you get one, be sure to plant it in sun so it gets great color. I planted mine on the north side of the house and, although it does turn a lovely red, it doesn't get really brilliant red.

  • Shirley Burkett
    on Oct 29, 2013

    I bought one about 10 years ago it is now 10 feet tall and about 8 feet around we have had to trim the back off against our house it is too big to move I don't want it to die so I guess we well keep triming!

  • Marlene Wilson
    on Oct 29, 2013

    I live in West Virginia and I have never heard of this bush,but it sure is a dandy. Good luck with yours.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 29, 2013

    Burning bush is so invasive in the Northeast that its sale is banned in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. It has naturalized through much of the eastern half of the country. Anyone considering planting it should read this article from Dave's Garden first: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3082/

    • Becky Griffin
      on Oct 31, 2013

      Here is a picture of the first 10 bushes, we planted over 15 years ago. We have not found them to be invasive. But I do see the birds do enjoy. So can see why they could be. My dogs love to lay under them. She in the upper part of the picture

  • Dana Huempfner
    on Oct 29, 2013

    definately a burning bush have 2. Jane- why r they illegal in MA?

  • Tyler Golberg
    on Oct 29, 2013

    Here is a close-up of the leaves and branches. I didn't realize how odd the branches are until looking closer.

  • Shirley H
    on Oct 29, 2013

    Burning/beauty bush-here's a pic of mine, about 20 yrs old; started out in a 1 gal. size container from a big box (gasp) store. Blue birds in it yesterday after the tiny red berries.

    , When we get an early snow it is magnificent when the cardinals fly in to eat the berries
    • Bonnie Bassett
      on Oct 29, 2013

      @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) why can,t they eat the red berries I asked my neighbor today what kind of bush is in his yard and he said it is a burning bush and that they are not invasive.Invasive or not I want one in my yard they are gorgeous in the fall.

  • Shirley H
    on Oct 29, 2013

    I like being able to feed the birds without buying them birdseed, the bush gets bigger & prettier every year-if that's ":invasive" so be it.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Oct 30, 2013

    Well Bonnie, what goes in must come out. So what happens is that the bird spreads the seed through it's' digestive system. You who are in control of your space, this is ok....for the natural areas, not so much. The shrub will develop unfettered by the bounds of a polite gardener that is vigilant against overgrowth. Soon the native plants are crowded out. Then the wildlife that feeds on the native growth is diminished to an endangered level and there ya go...you have an entire ecosystem wiped out by an invasive thug planted by a single bird munching on the seeds from that beautiful Burning Bush. Your neighbor doesn't know this because your neighbor keeps all that in check in their own personal space and isn't aware of what happens to those seeds when it leaves in the belly of a bird. The problem is that too this is a relatively new 'discovery' so you will see the Burning Bush sold in even reputable nurseries and in books by gardners. It is not a widely known thug plant such as something like the dreaded Kudzu vine. You will see even in my own earlier posts on Hometalk I talked about what a wonderful fall color it brings. But upon further research (thank you @Douglas Hunt ) I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed a plant that needs to be avoided if possible. There are other plants that give us some wonderful color so that it won't be missed. Hope that helps you. If you type in Burning Bush and invasive into google you can find many articles by much more learned folks than myself. :)

    • Tracey T
      on Oct 31, 2013

      @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) I have to agree Donna, there are so many other beautiful plants and bushes that would be a good alternative to this bush. I am not saying she is wrong for keeping it though, the choice is hers and hers alone. I on the other hand cannot afford to have this on my shoulders only because I have never seen it down here and my luck I would cause big problems..LOL Have a wonderful Halloween Donna and everyone else

  • Paula Canup
    on Oct 30, 2013

    In Franklin, NC, these are planted along the median on the highways going into town, and they are gorgeous....not at all invasive around here!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 30, 2013

    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) does a very good job of explaining how burning bush becomes a problem. Just because you do not see lots of seedlings in your yard does not mean the plant is not invasive. Birds cause "long dispersal events," spreading it far and wide, where it crowds out native species in the environment.

    • @Douglas Hunt I agree Douglas. I had a few Burning bushes when I first moved in. They are just so much upkeep. I would cut them down half their size and by fall they would more than double..."Out of Control" I think the only place for these beauties are in a location where they are free to grow. Not in our landscaping in the front of the house.

  • Shirley H
    on Oct 30, 2013

    Point well taken Mr. Hunt & Ms. Dixon; should mine ever die out, I promise not to replace it with another like species. Until then, I will continue to enjoy it & all the fine feathered friends it does help support.

  • Jean DeSavage
    on Oct 30, 2013

    Though we like the birds visiting our homes, we could remove the berries, so that the birds can't carry them forward. That would be one way to slow the spread of these beautiful bushes.

    • @Jean DeSavage Agree. If you cut the bush in the fall then next years berries won't appear. This is one way to control the burning bush.

  • June
    on Oct 30, 2013

    Doug is absolutely right about the euonymous being invasive. We have q few growing on the edge of our property now. But their red color right now is glorious.

  • April E
    on Oct 30, 2013

    while the old standard burning bush is considered invasive there are varieties that are sterile being developed therefore not invasive. as with many types of useful or beautiful plant that has been considered invasive also while on the subject of invasive plant please remember while many a plant may be considered invasive where one person lives, where someone else is it may not be invasive at all or even a annual. also some plants considered invasive such as mint or crown vetch do have thier uses such as erosion control where there grab and grow style makes them useful.

  • Bonnie Bassett
    on Oct 30, 2013

    It makes sense if they really do damage to other plant life but there seems to be lots of room up here in NH for them to grow with other species. To tell the truth I see them in other ppl's yards but I have not noticed very many in the wild, I will keep a look out for them

    • Shirley H
      on Oct 31, 2013

      @Bonnie Bassett I live in the middle of about 80 acres of wild & wooly woods that I ramble around in. I have yet to see in the past 20 yrs any "wild" burning bush's; see lots of sassafras that has like coloring-perhaps some have confused the 2 seeing them from a distance only.

  • Linda
    on Oct 30, 2013

    I never heard of the Burning Bush as being invasive. Never saw any seedlings growing in my gardens. I have 4 large bushes and love them. I live in South Jersey zone 7.

  • Angie W
    on Nov 2, 2013

    I'm actually getting ready to plant 2 in my yard....I love the color....: )..........I'm looking at the non-invasive type... http://www.houselogic.com/blog/plants-trees/non-invasive-burning-bush/#.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Nov 2, 2013

    @Angie W, while the University of Connecticut is working on a sterile cultivar of burning bush, I do not believe one is ready for nursery production. And here's at least one author who thinks such efforts are misguided: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/developing-sterile-invasives-why-bother/

  • Angie W
    on Nov 3, 2013

    Thank you Douglas....: )

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