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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Control of Burning Bush

As you will see below when reading the control methods, we are a little late in the season to control burning bush on your property, but since this landscape plant is quite noticeable at this time of the year, I thought it would be prudent as to facts on to how to control Euonymus alatus or Burning Bush.  The below information is available in a word document by contacting TLC at: or by stopping by our offices!

Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush)
Burning bush is indigenous to northeastern Asia and central China. This plant has been a much loved plant of landscapers and new construction plantings for the bright red fall color.   The seed is dispersed by birds and left unchecked can completely dominate the woodland understory.
Id Tips:
·       Opposite stems with corky “wings” that run the length of the stem.
·       The leaves are oblong and opposite and turn a bright red in the fall
·       The plant produces smooth purplish fruits which mature Sept-October.

Hand pulling is an effective method for many shrubs when in the young seedling stage, after which a tool or other method is often needed to remove strong roots. Plants should be pulled as soon as they are large enough to grasp but before they produce seeds. Seedlings are best pulled after a rain when the soil is loose. The entire root should be removed to avoid re-sprouting.
For E. alatus, mowing or clear cutting of an infestation will typically result in increased density and root sprouts.  Effective removal of burning bush by mowing will only happen if it is followed up by a chemical application. 
The recommended method for removing E. alatus is to cut the shrub at ground level with a pair of lopers, folding saw, or chain saw, and then paint the stump with a non-dilute glyphosate solution.  The best method to use is to mark and fill an old mustard bottle with the herbicide and squeeze it on the stump immediately after it is cut.  This can be done at any time of the year, but to reduce the spread of the shrub it should be done before the seeds are matured (Sept-Oct) or the trees should be bagged to remove the seed source.
Native alternatives with fall color: native winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum), Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), American cranberry (Viburnum trilobum). More information about these plants and other native alternatives can be found by checking previous blog posts, or visiting our offices at 102 East Street Road, Kennett Square PA 19348.


  1. Wow!! This is very good. The way it has been presented is excellent. The site is really very good and informative.

    Burning Bush Shrubs

  2. Thanks Tony. We hope to educate everyone about invasive plants, and other nature odds and ends through this blog. If there is something that you are interested in learning more about, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. I can be contacted directly at


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