Longevity of the Burning Bush shrub #797438

Asked June 23, 2022, 1:06 PM EDT

Hello and thank you for considering my question. I have a 45 year old Burning Bush on the northeast corner on the front of our house where we have situated a birdhouse and feeder This now very large bush also shields our front window from the road plus gives us marvelous red foliage in the fall with berries. There are many reason why I love it and want to keep it. That said we are putting in new landscaping and if the bush is not worth keeping now is the time to let it go. The base of the bush is attractive as it is treelike and gnarly.

Dakota County Minnesota

Expert Response

Burning bush or Winged Euonymus was added to the State Noxious Weed List in 2020 as a Specially Regulated Plant. On January 1, 2023, the species will move to the Restricted Noxious Weed category, meaning it will be prohibited from sale, propagation and transport in the state of Minnesota. If you decide to remove it do it before Jan1,2023.
 If you decide to keep  the burning bush consider slowly pruning it back over three winters. Shrubs grown for their attractive bark, fruit, or fall leaf color should be pruned in late winter or early spring. In late winter, prune up to one-third of the oldest and thickest stems right to the ground. This technique will revitalize the plant and encourage new growth from the roots.
Pat Mack Replied June 23, 2022, 1:44 PM EDT

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