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Q.burning bush plants, no “burning” leaves just go to yellow in fall.

Zone Zone 7, Charlottesville, Virginia | Anonymous added on May 13, 2018 | Answered

We have two burning bush plants that refuse to “burn.” Both are about three feet tall, green leaves and neither has ever colored. Help! They’re in full sun and on fair lawn soil. We have lots of clay here, about 6 inches below the lawn soil. The site is well drained.

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Answered on May 14, 2018

You likely already answered your question. Burning Bush need loamy and well draining soil. I can also say I have or had 2 Burning Bush, one flourishing and turning a brilliant red in the late summer and fall. The other in a heavier soil area and it has barely grown and only turns a slight darker green in the fall. I actually just tore it out of the bed this spring.


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