Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Great Plant for Quakertown - the Burning Bush

Author: William James

A deciduous shrub from the Staff-Tree Family (Celastraceae)

The burning bush grows well in most areas of Bucks County in southeastern Pennyslavania.

Burning Bush is a non-native species from China and Korea that has escaped from the original ornamental plantings into other urban and rural areas. It travels by way of its seed. This plant is found in forests and brushy areas. This vase-shaped shrub has great red fall foliage, which glows for weeks in early to mid-autumn, hence, the name Burning Bush.

Burning Bushes can be sheared into hedges or globes in landscape plantings. Hedges from burning bushes can be very dense giving good screening even in the winter. If left unpruned, the compact form of Burning Bush will grow to about 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide, and the winged form will grow to about 15 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

In our area it propagates naturally in shaded areas. We obtain some of our stock from seedlings we gather from a small farm cemetery on our property. It even regrows after transplanting from the empty holes where roots are exposed. Burning Bush is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions. Fertile to sterile, organic to clay, acidic to alkaline, rocky to sandy this plant proves its strenght. It does not like wet soils, but does well in dry soils. The small fiberous roots of the Burning Bush are near the surface and respond well to root pruning. ""Balling and burlapping"" this shrub does little damage, for the plant can take abuse and recover quickly. If you have a brown thumb, this plant is for you.

You can see more of Bill's planting tips and articles at http://www.seedlingsrus.com or http://www.zone5trees.com

About the author: William has been raising trees and plants on his 250 acre of farms in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles north of Philadelphia for the past 26 years. Two of his websites are http://www.seedlingsrus.com and http://www.zone5trees.com

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