Burning Bush

Burning Bush

Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) is a deciduous shrub native to China, Japan, and Korea. It is invasive in most of the Eastern United States, except Florida and Alabama. Burning bush was introduced in the 1860s and has since been planted as an ornamental shrub for its intensely colored fall foliage. It escaped cultivation and became established in natural areas, such as woodlands, prairies, and disturbed areas. Despite its invasiveness, burning bush is one of the most popular shrubs sold by nurseries for landscaping throughout much of the US.

Native Alternatives


Red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)

Brilliantissima cultivar

Allegheny Serviceberry

(Amelanchier lavis)

American Strawberry Bush

(Euonymus americanus)