Burning bush is a popular exotic landscape plant that can become invasive.
- Burning bush is a shrub that is tolerant of sun to shade.
- It is a prolific seeder, replacing native vegetation.
- Burning bush is not on any Minnesota control list but may be added in the future.
How to identify burning bush
- Deciduous shrub up to 20 feet tall.
- Brilliant red fall foliage.
- Distinctive wide, corky ridges form along the length of the stem.
- Sometimes called “winged wahoo” because of these ridges.
- Opposite, simple, elliptical, dark green in the summer and bright red in the fall.
- 2 to 3 inches long, smooth to fine-toothed margins, tapering at tips.
- Inconspicuous, greenish yellow, with four petals.
- Blooms May to June.
Fruit and seeds
- Smooth, orange-red fleshy seeds appear from reddish capsules.
- Up to four seeds per fruit.
Reviewed in 2019