My burning bush is just 2 ft tall. The leaves are sparse compared to the height of the shrub. Is this normal? I've been feeding it every spring but the growth is so slow. I live in zone 5-6 and it's planted in full sun. Any advise you can give is much appreciated.
This article describes a variety that grows extremely slowly. "'Rudy Haag’ is a slow growing diminutive form of the bush that will get only 5 feet tall in 15 years."
I bought about 10 burning bushes that were 4 to 5 inches tall, little or no leaves. This was a year ago. They haven't grown that I can tell and very, very few leaves. Some have no leaves. Are they dead or really slow growers?
Did the ones without leaves ever have leaves? If not, I would say they may be dead. You can give them the scratch test to see. Burning bushes are moderate growers and you should have seen some growth by now.
Check the stems for signs of scale or fungal issues.
You may need to apply Neem oil to combat both. Also check their cultural needs in the article below to be sure they are getting enough sun and water.
I’m moving soon from central Illinois to central California and I would love to take some Burning Bush trimmings to plant there. Will Burning Bush tolerate California climate?
California spans USDA zones 5-11. This means that burning bush will grow in every part of California. The question becomes whether the area that you are moving is in the upper portion of that range. If this dips into zones 8-10, the shrub will become highly invasive, and introducing something like this to this particular region will be very irresponsible and potentially illegal depending on local regulations.
To answer your question, yes. It will tolerate the move. Sometimes a little too well.
Here is an article that will help you to know more about these shrubs:
We are Zone 6 (Michigan) These bushes are on the west side of our garage so they get afternoon sun. They are not 'mulched with bark but with stones'. Not sure what is going on with them. We've had plenty of rain.
That last sentence sums it up quite well.
These have been overwatered. This can be very hard to know since it is covered in stones. This will hide the soil so that you cannot see how dry it is, and can hold it more moisture. I would recommend using actual mulch, or even none at all with these shrubs. They are quite drought tolerant, but will succumb to disease, easily.
At this time, you will need a fungicide. Biofungicides can help keep the soil from getting too infected, as well.
Here are some articles that will help:
Live in zone 5, burning bush has been growing for years and it is stunning in the fall. Last winter it was damaged in the middle from the snow. Is it possible to trim the center and have it fill in in the next few years?
Burning bush responds well to trimming, even severely cutting it back to within 3 inches of the ground to rejuvenate the shrub. It's best to wait till late winter or early spring to prune, however.
Here are more pruning tips:
I tried rooting cuttings but they either got mouldy or just withered away. Want to try with seeds but your website is not clear about putting seeds in a jar full of sand, whether it should be damp or dry, jar sealed or unsealed, seeds layered between layers of sand, etc. Also will seeds from a miniature or dwarf burning bush reproduce true to the parent plant or could they result in a full size bush? In other words is a dwarf bush a hybrid or a separate species of its own? Thank you in advance.
Seeds from a dwarf or miniature would be a hybrid and therefore the seedling won't be true to the parent plant.
You can mix the seeds in a moist jar of sand with a lid or in a plastic ziploc bag. Keep them in the fridge for 3 months for stratification. They need the cold dormancy before they will sprout.
In the spring, plant them outside after frost or start them indoors.
Planted burning bush that has been grafted onto a tree trunk last fall (September timeframe). Bush did not get to bright red, which I expected with when it was planted. However, it never lost its leaves and currently has them still (end of April). They are brown and dry but have not fallen off. The tree is showing new growth, but no new leaves yet. Do I need to remove the leaves or with they fall of on their own? Tree was winter watered regularly and fertilized with tree and shrub mix in early spring.
The picture is quite blurry, so it is difficult to get a good look at the damage. Most trees and shrubs will need watering to be halted throughout the winter, and this looks to be damage from overwatering.
Pruning anything dead off will help, as long as it is completely dead. Doing too much pruning will result in the loss of the grafted top, however.
Here is an article that will offer information on the care of the shrub: