What is the growth rate of Burning Bush?

butterfly4uJune 4, 2007

Hi all,

I recently bought a burning bush from Home Depot that is about 2 1/2 to 3 feet high.

It has a beautiful shape to it.

I want to use it as an accent plant in my garden in full sun.

Some web sites say that the bush is fast growing and some say slow.

It is not a dwarf. It is a regular burning bush that will get 10 feet high at maturity.

I want it to grow as quickly as possible so I am going to water it and fertilize it for optimum growth.

Thanks in advance!

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annld(6B PA)

I planted 10 burning bushes in a bed in my back yard a few years ago. They do not grow terribly quickly. I think they're probably a foot taller now than they were three years ago. I have not fertilized them since I initially planted them (discovered fertilizing newly planted shrubs was a mistake!), and I don't prune them either. So I'm sure I'm not encouraging growth as much as I could. They have filled out very nicely, and they're are gorgeous in the fall! By the way, don't be surprised if they don't "burn" the first year.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2007 at 8:09AM
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Thanks for the response!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 1:09AM
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I have some "dwarf" ones in my front yard that are about 6 ft tall now.

You may find yours will grow faster in SE PA. Mine are under the full shade of a pine tree, in a very dry location.

Additionally, you can look forward to eventually having little seedling burning bushes here and there....

    Bookmark   June 5, 2007 at 2:33AM
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Mike Larkin

It is best to go easy on the fertilizer with newly planted shrubs. Good soil, and full sun and it may grow about 3-5" a year. However it will take several years for it to get 5-6ft.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 4:06PM
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annld(6B PA)

I looked at mine again today, and I think they've grown more like 1 1/2 to 2 feet in three years. I can definitely see that the ones that get the most sun have also grown the most. They really are beautiful. I highly recommend them!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2007 at 6:35PM
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