The Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ is by no means a dwarf or a burning bush. The common name may be misleading as this shrub can actually reach heights of 250-450 cm (9-15 ft) and a width of 200-300 cm (6.5-9.5 ft). This low-hedging, rounded shrub has green foliage that turns to an intense red in the fall, hence the term ‘burning.’ Tiny buds bloom into little yellow flowers in May-June and morph into little red berries during the fall and winter months. The berries are purely ornamental and are a nice contrast to a snowy background. Birds and other wildlife will eat the berries but will cause nasty side effects to any human that consumes them.
Use the ‘Compactus’ in hedges, mixed borders, screens, masses or as a stand-alone specimen. It grows fast so be sure to plant it where you want it. To fully experience and maximize its brilliant red fall colour plant it in a sunny location. Being a zone 4 and resilient, this burning bush can survive in a variety of garden spaces as long as the soil is well drained. There is no need for pruning, unless you desire to do so. This euonymus is very low maintenance and has great curb appeal, what more could you want?
I guess Moses isn’t the only one that gets to witness a burning bush 😊