Hardiness Zone: 6b
Sue from Hingham, MA
I've dealt with this problem myself in the past. I bought three Burning Bushes several years ago and planted them on the north side of my house. They were young shrubs when I purchased them, around 12-15 inches high, and I could hardly wait for them to turn red in the fall. It never happened. Some of the leaves developed a slightly red tinge to them, but I never got them to produce the brilliant red color I was hoping for. Despite the fact they were on the north side of the house, I felt they were getting ample amounts of sun in the location they were planted. Apparently I was wrong.
Two years ago I moved them to full sun on the south side of my house. I applied mulch around the base of each shrub and watered them regularly, but never fertilized them. The first fall after I moved them the leaves turned a dull red again, and it was quite late in the fall before I saw any color. It may have been weather related. This past fall they finally turned the brilliant color I was hoping for. They also produced tiny orange-red berries and they've nearly doubled in height. I would advise you to take a good look at their sun exposure. Are any nearby trees or buildings casting a shadow on them for even part of the day? All day sun will get you the best color.
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Burning Bush (Euonymus Alatus) need sun to turn red in the fall. If it is not out in full sun, I would transplant it to a sunny location this fall. (10/09/2006)
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