Substitutions for Euonymus alatus (Burning Bush)

The winged burning bush is now classified as an invasive species and propagation and sale of this plant are prohibited in Minnesota. This prolific seed producer forms dense thickets with hundreds of seedlings underneath the parent plant and can dominate forest understory by shading out native plants under its dense shrub layer. Listed here are suggested substitutions for the two varieties of Euonymus alatus that we no longer carry.

6-8′ x 6-8′ • Bushy, compact mound, scarlet red fall color, purple fruit

  • Brilliant Red Chokeberry
  • Isanti Dogwood
  • Red Twigged Dogwood
  • Compact Amur Maple
  • Compact American Viburnum
  • Mohican Viburnum

2-3 x 2-3′ • Compact mound, fiery red to hot pink fall color

  • Low Scape Mound Chokeberry
  • Kelsey Dwarf Dogwood
  • Muskingum Dogwood
  • Dwarf European Viburnum