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How to Plant a Burning Bush

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Burning bushes occupy many prominent locations in home and professional landscapes because they are easy to grow and have attractive foliage throughout spring, summer and autumn. A burning bush grows well in almost any soil type and tolerates partial shade as well as full sun. Plant a burning bush in the autumn for best results and then expect brilliant foliage the following year.

Prepare the planting area while the soil temperature is still above 50 degrees. Dig a hole that is about 6 inches wider and 2 inches deeper than the temporary container holding the burning bush.

Add approximately 1 quart of compost to the bottom of the prepared hole.

Remove the burning bush from the container by turning it upside down. Hold the bush by the trunk and firmly thump the bottom of the container with the handle of a shovel to loosen the bush from the sides of the container. Shake the container and pull the burning bush out carefully.

Use your hands to loosen the roots along the outer edges of the root ball.

Place the burning bush into the prepared hole and fill in the soil you removed from the hole. Firmly tamp down the soil around the burning bush with your hands.

Water lightly right after planting the burning bush. If the bush receives an inch of rain each week you need not water further; otherwise, keep watering until the burning bush enters dormancy. You will know the plant is dormant when it loses its leaves.

Spread about 2 inches of shredded mulch around the base of the burning bush.

Fertilize the burning bush the following spring before the growing season begins. Mix the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations and pour the fertilizer around the base of the bush.


Things You Will Need

  • Burning bush (in 1-gallon container)
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Shredded mulch (bark or leaves)
  • Low nitrogen fertilizer (water-soluble)

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.