All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border,
- Shade tree,
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil,
- Road salt
Seasons of Interest:
- early fall,
- mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Tree & Plant Care
A popular dense, rounded shrub because of the bright red fall color.
Tolerant of wide range of soil pH, best in full sun but tolerant of shade.
Well drained soil a must.
Because of invasive tendencies, burning bush is not recommended.
Disease, pests, and problems
Scale, root rots in wet soils, spider mites
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxcitity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Northeastern Asia to central China
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Birds are attracted to seed and spread them freely.
It has invasive traits that enable it to spread aggressively.
Bark color and texture
Branches and twigs are green to brown with 2 to 4 corky wings along stems.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite to sub-opposite, 1 to 3 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide, sharply serrated margins.
Medium to dark green turn a brilliant red in the fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Tiny, yellow-green in early May.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
A fleshy 1/4-inch long red to orange aril often lost withing the foliage.