Oops, I Meant Burning Bush Alternative Not Firebush

lovefornature(5B IL)November 10, 2007

Please disregard the message below about asking for alternative for the Firebush.

I really meant the burning bush, so sorry about that.

Does anyone know of a good alternative for the Burning Bush?

Thanks much :)

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If you're looking for plants with vibrant fall color, according to "Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants," by Bonnie Harper-Lore and Janet Marinelli, consider:

Aronia melanocarpa, the black chokeberry; Vaccinium corymbosum, the highbush blueberry; and Rhus aromatica, the fragrant sumac.

Another choice might be the native version: Euonymus atropurpureus.

When web surfing about replacements for this plant (burning bush), try using the scientific name: Euonymus alatus.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2007 at 1:49PM
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kwoods(Cold z7 Long Is)

"Another choice might be the native version: Euonymus atropurpureus."

The Wahoo look absolutely amazing outside my office window right now. The common name is too good not to use.

It's a large municipal planting of Wahoo, Maple Leaved Viburnum and Arrowwood. Incredible planting for fall color. They inexplicably hack everything back savagely midsummer every year. Whoever put them in obviously knew what they were doing but they must have moved on. I wonder how beautiful they might be if they got better treatment.

Some individual photo's I scrounged on the web of the plants in question.


Maple-Leaved Viburnum

Eastern Wahoo

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 10:55AM
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Around here (NY) I would reccommend spice bush. Not sure about your area. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden has a book on native alternatives to invasives that covers much of North America. They also have a web site with a lot of suggestions.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 6:13PM
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I have the Aronia melanocarpa and it has lovely purple red color that just makes me say "ahhhhh". I was really surprised by such lovely color because i wanted it for the berries. I want more of them now that i saw how lovely they are.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 7:57PM
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terrene(5b MA)

Those pictures are nice kwoods! I didn't know that Viburnum acerifolium could have such a lovely red fall color.

I planted some shrub seedlings this Spring and some of the little Gray Dogwoods have really nice fall color, sort of a muted purple color. (A couple of them are still pretty green though - I guess that's seedling variation?)

    Bookmark   November 17, 2007 at 3:45PM
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I would suggest Itea Virginica, commonly known as Virginia Sweetspire. It is available in both dwarf and larger growing varieties, and it is a native plant! It's my favorite for fall color, and the red foliage definitely is as good as the Burning Bush. Fothergilla is also great for fall color, and comes in dwarf or large varieties, and is also native. Plus they both offer fragrant blooms in the spring which is even better than the Burning Bush!

Here is a link that might be useful: Plant Native

    Bookmark   November 18, 2007 at 2:59PM
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