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Dwarf Burning Bush, Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’

Common Name: dwarf winged burning bush

Type: shrub

Family: Calastraceae

Zone: 4 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 8 to 10 feet

Width: 8 to 10 feet

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: insignificant

Sun exposure: full sun to partial shade

Fall Color: Red

Soil: clay, well drained

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen

Pruning: November through March

This plant turns a brilliant red color in the fall before going dormant and dropping its leaves. It is also called a Winged Euonymus because of its unique “winged” or almost square stems. This plant has also been known to tolerate heavy amounts of shade. The wings are much more prominent on the non-dwarf varieties.

Although a tall plant, Burning Bush’s strong stems make it tolerant of heavy pruning, allowing you to keep it much shorter. Cultivar ‘ Rudy Haag’, is truly, a much shorter cultivar and probably a more landscape friendly version of Burning Bush.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-08-27T13:46:01+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL