Dramatic Burning Bush Shrubs For The Gardens
The burning bush plants are deciduous, ornamental shrubs whose green leaves of summer turn brilliant reds creating crimson balls of color befitting of its name. Burning bush shrubs grows well in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8 but can become invasive in the warmer ranges. Burning bush plants may get 9 to 15 feet tall and are suitable for full sun to partial sun locations. Any soil type, including alkaline, may support burning bush growth. However, when growing burning bush shrubs, it’s best to place the shrub in sites with excellent drainage but lightly moist soil. Burning Bush Care There is little to know about caring for burning bush, as this plant is versatile and hardy. In fact, no special care of burning bush is required for a splendid color display. The plant produces only on early flush of new growth in spring, so you should apply fertilizer very early to maximize the effect. Burning bush care also includes occasional pruning to keep the size down and remove any broken or damaged branches. The natural shape of the bush is appealing, so pruning is not necessary, but if you wish to trim the plant, do so in very early spring before leaves appear. The plant has few pest problems or disease except some foliar fungal issues.
Reduce overhead watering to combat fungal problems. Burning bush shrubs are occasionally susceptible to scale insects. These are scab-like white insects that only move around during the development phase. They are sucking insects that can reduce the vigor of the plant if they are in large populations. Scrape, rinse and control them with horticultural oil sprays or neem oil.