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October – Euonymus Alatus ‘Compacta’ – Dwarf Burning Bush

The Dwarf Burning Bush, also known as Euonymus Alatus ‘Compacta’, is a well-known garden enthusiast’s favorite and with good reason. Its vibrant scarlet-red foliage which appears during the fall for approximately 10 weeks packs a real aesthetic punch to any landscape. During the warmer seasons this gorgeous deciduous shrub displays a dark green foliage and during the winter months you will notice a unique cork-like bark which provides a very appealing look. This bush will shed its leaves annually when autumn arrives. The maintenance required to care for this favorable shrub is minimal and perfect for beginner gardeners.

As with most plants, all of the care basics must be covered, which consists of proper watering, soil maintenance and the appropriate amount of light. Watering the Dwarf Burning Bush can be a little bit tricky as it is important to keep the soil moist and should be well-drained. It does not follow a typical watering schedule and needs its level of moisture to be determined by using your fingers to feel if the soil is moist. If it is moist, there is no need to water it. If it is not, then water it. Be careful however, to not over-water it. This plant thrives best in full sun and truly enjoys loam, clay, sand or chalk as its soil. A minimum of 6 hours of full sunlight is recommended. It is also known to grow best in heat zones in the 1-9 regions. This shrub is fairly large and can grow up to 9’-10’ and therefore this should be taken into consideration when planting in order to provide room for its growth. The location of this plant can either be within a bed, can be used to create a privacy screen, can be clustered together, can be used to complement other plants or it is beautiful enough to stand alone and be used as a centerpiece. One of the most fascinating features of this shrub is its ability to attract a variety of birds. They are surely drawn to the stunning beauty provided by this plant. This can be a truly soothing experience and bring more life and color to your landscape. If you are looking for an accent piece to add to your garden, strongly consider the Dwarf Burning Bush. If you are a plant-lover, please come back each month to learn more interesting facts about a variety of plants.

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