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Chicago Fire Burning Bush
'Chicago Fire' is an improved burning bush with enhanced cold hardiness to USDA Zone 3! Summer foliage is handsome green with burgundy tones that turn to a brilliant fire-red in fall. Get all the details below

Chicago Fire Burning Bush

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Dwarf Burning Bush
Euonymus alatus 'Chicago Fire'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b  Find Your Zone

Special Attributes

Burning Bush is one of the most beautiful of all shrubs and 'Chicago Fire' is an improved, more cold hardy selection the way north to Zone 3! Summer foliage is handsome green with burgundy tones that turn to a brilliant fire-red in fall. Also produces attractive orange-red berries as well! An unusual corky bark adds interest in the landscape during the winter. The growth habit is upright with a vase shape. The ends of branches are somewhat pendulous which adds even more appeal to this already marvelous shrub

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in an upright vase shape 8 to 10 feet tall and wide (depending on pruning), the Chicago Fire Burning Bush is ideal for use as a colorful specimen, grouping or natural hedge in landscape borders. It is also useful as an accent or between widely spaced windows in home foundation plantings. A fine addition to rock gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing:  6 feet for solid hedges; 12 feet or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

When planted right and in the right spot, Burning Bush is very easy to grow. When established, it is exceptionally low maintenance and drought tolerant. It adapts to a wide range of soil types provided they are well-drained. It will grow in part shade however displays the best fall foliage color in full to mostly sun. We suggest at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. When given room to grow to its mature size there is no pruning required.

Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to find helpful advice from our experts on planting, pruning, fertilizing and watering Burning Bush.

Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:   Deciduous Shrub or Small Tree 
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  8-10'
Spacing:  6' for solid hedges; 12'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:   Arching, Broad, Bushy, Dense, Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Small, inconspicuous
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green; Blazing Red in Fall!
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes
Berry Color:  Red
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist 
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5
Maintenance / Care:  Very low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect


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