Burning Bush Intensive Green and Fiery Red in Autumn Shrub that is particularly noted for its fiery red fall foliage color. Burning Bush is ornamental, and over time has become an extremely popular shrub for homes.
The deciduous leaves grow to 3 inches long and are borne in opposing pairs along the green, winged stems. The late spring yellowish-green flowers are small and borne in rather inconspicuous clusters.
They give rise to purplish-red capsules that split open to reveal little orange-red seeds that are themselves ornamental, especially if still present after the leaves have fallen. Seeds are attractive to certain birds that eat and distribute them. Greenish-brown stems have distinctive corky ridges ("wings" as used in the common name). Corky-winged stems are more noticeable in winter after leaf drop.
It is used in the landscape for its brilliant fall color and winter architectural form and texture. This is considered one of the most dependable shrubs for fall color, even in warm climates.
The interesting corky wings along the spreading branches are most visible in winter, and the bush is very showy when the wings catch and hold the snow. An outstanding background plant for beds and borders or grow them as a fast-growing temporary hedge.
Season: Annual USDA Zones: 3 - 11 Height: 28 inches Bloom Season: None Bloom Color: None Environment: Full sun Soil Type: Any well-drained, reasonably fertile soil is suitable, pH 6.0
Temperature: 61 - 65F Average Germ Time: 10 -14 days Light Required: Yes Depth: Surface sow and do not cover Sowing Rate: 4 - 5 seeds per plant Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches