When to Plant a Dwarf Burning Bush Plant?

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Plant a burning bush in the yard for a bright red foliage that lasts through the autumn months. Deciding exactly where and when to plant the burning bush must be thought out ahead of time. The dwarf variety of the burning bush plant will take up less space than a full-sized one, but still allow plenty of room for it to grow to maturity. Plant burning bush shrubs in USDA zones 4 through 8.

Plant When Available

A good rule of thumb for determining when to plant a burning bush shrub is when it's available in a local garden shop. If you order it from an online garden company, they will ship it at the appropriate time for planting in your area. Do not wait too long once purchasing a burning bush shrub to plant it, however, as it may not do well or live long.

Spring Planting

Plant a dwarf burning bush early in the spring. Wait until all danger of frost is past and prepare the soil by digging the hole and mixing in some shrub fertiliser. Fertiliser for roses is a good option for dwarf burning bush shrubs. When planting in the spring you can enjoy the fall colours that the shrub has to offer, in just a few short months.

Fall Planting

Burning bush shrubs can also be planted during the fall months. This is the time, however, that you will want to take special care of it by spreading mulch in a 3-inch layer to protect the roots, especially if you live in one of the cooler temperature zones. It is preferable to plant the dwarf burning brush shrub about four weeks before the first frost date to give the roots time to take hold in their new home.


The dwarf burning bush can take a little bit of shade, but to get the bright red colours in the fall the bush needs to be planted where it can get full sun, which means about six to eight hours per day. The burning bush plant can handle both acidic and alkaline soils. It is also somewhat drought tolerant so it can be planted in well-drained soil that might get a little dry on occasion.

How to Plant

Most shrubs like fairly loose soil so add some sand to mix in with yours, especially if you have soil that is very hard or clay. If the shrub is wrapped in burlap you can place the entire thing in the hole, which should be dug to twice the size of the root-ball. If the burning bush shrub is in a plastic container, cut away the container, shake off some of the excess dirt and spread out the roots. Do not press the soil down on the roots too hard as this might damage them. Covering the soil around the base of the burning bush with mulch is a good idea, especially for the first year. Mulch absorbs moisture and allows it to slowly release onto the roots of the bush. Mulch can also protect newly planted burning bush shrubs from harsh winters, depending on what zone you live in.

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