How to Plant a Burning Bush Tree


Burning bush trees (Euonymus alatus), which are actually deciduous shrubs, are common ornamental plants in the home landscape since they grow well in most soil types and are easy to care for. They also have vibrant red leaves (hence the name) that adorn the yard or garden for two weeks in the fall. If they are not pruned, burning bush trees can potentially grow to a mature height of 12 feet and width of 20 feet.

Step 1

Choose a place in full sun to plant your burning bush tree. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, burning bush trees can tolerate all soil conditions except for wet soil. Therefore, avoid areas where the soil is consistently soggy, such as near a water source like a stream, near a rain spout or in a low-lying area where water stands after a heavy rainfall.

Step 2

Take the burning bush tree out of its container. If the roots are circling the soil, cut four 1/2-inch vertical slits into the soil and roots so the roots will stop growing in this pattern. If your tree came with wrapped roots, read the directions on the label. Some wrappings, such as biodegradable burlap, can be cut or loosened and planted right along with the root ball. On the other hand, some wrappings need to be removed completely or just parts of it need to be removed, such as the staples.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the container or root ball, but just as deep. Then, plant the burning bush tree so that it is planted just as deep as it was in the container. Otherwise, plant it so that root ball is planted just below the surface of the soil.

Step 4

Backfill the soil and pack it down. This will remove any pockets of air. Then water your newly planted tree with about 2 inches of water and cover the planting site with about 2 inches of mulch, such as wood chips, to help the soil from drying out too quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water


  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus)
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