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Article: Don't Get Burned by "Burning Bush": Not invasive in the Pacific Northwest

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Newcastle, WA
(Zone 8b)

April 7, 2013
9:52 AM

Post #9474680


Thank you for the article. I love my Euonymus alatus 'Compacta'

I love the new spring growth when it buds out and love the red fall color.

I have high bush blueberries as well but it does not get as red as the burning bush.

There are invasive plant and weed lists in our area that I consult before planting. The burning bush and Norway Maples are not listed. In fact, Norway Maples are used as street trees here. They are planted everywhere. A lot if people have them in their yards.

The Pacific Northwest is a much different climate than other parts of the country.

This message was edited Apr 7, 2013 9:54 AM

April 7, 2013
5:48 PM

Post #9475173

It is not invasive in Ireland, either. Nor is our native E. europeus, even though it is an occasional hedgerow tree/shrub. I suspect that the seed will not ripen sufficiently in our damp summers. I do sympathise with those who have invasive plants though. e.g. Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed, etc.


Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2013
6:07 AM

Post #9475641
There is a map of Acer platanoides L. (Norway maples) distribution by state and you can see Washington is included. They were planting them in New England through the 1970s and 1980s and just declared them officially invasive within maybe the last 5 years. Now the cities have to pay for them to be removed when they crack or fall over.
The second link is for burning bush (Euonymus alata). As you can see, it hasn't reached epidemic proportions on the west coast yet. However it was first planted in 1860 in New England. I believe it will continue its relentless march across the continent.

Thank you both for your comments.

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