Dwarf Burning Bush

Dwarf Burning Bush is a deciduous shrub. This shrub does not flower. It does, however, produce orange-red fruit. Burning bushes are best known for their bright red leaves they produce in the fall.  The fiery red leaves of this plant last for several months in the fall. The fall color of the Dwarf Burning Bush complements evergreen shrubs very well.  This shrub can be grown as a stand-alone plant or installed as a hedge. The mature plant can reach about five feet tall and wide.

Spring buds pink and green in color open up to beautiful green foliage.  The branching of this shrub is unique in the sense that it is square.  Most all other shrubs have rounded branches.  Burning bush has a green leader with brown edging to give it a square look.

If pruning is done on a regular basis, you can keep this plant smaller.  Since Dwarf Burning Bush naturally grows in a globe form, pruning should follow this form to keep the plant looking natural. Any pruning requiring more than a third of bush to be removed at one time should be done when the bush is dormant. Heavy pruning is not recommended unless necessary. As always, remove dead or damaged branches as soon as possible.

Spring buds

Buds on Dwarf Burning Bush

Summer foliage

Dwarf Burning Bush Summer

Fall foliage

Dwarf Burning Bush

Fall foliage close up

Dwarf Burning Bush


Dwarf Burning Bush Seeds

Dwarf Burning Bush

Euonymus Alatus ‘Compactus’

Plant Details

Flower Color- None

Foliage Color- Green during the summer and bright red in the fall.

Zone- 3-7

Height- 5′

Spread- 4′-6′

Light- Part shade to sun.

Details- Lush green foliage during the summer turns to fiery red in the fall.  Moderate growing deciduous shrub.

Pruning-  Pruning is most effective during the winter time.  Annual pruning should be done to help the plant maintain its shape.  Light shaping and pruning can be done at other times during the growing season.

Other Burning Bush plant options.

  • Cole’s Compact Burning Bush
  • Pipsqueak® Burning Bush