Burning Bush Die Back

Asked April 21, 2016, 11:34 AM EDT

I have a row of ten burning bushes across the back of my property. This year they all cam back but one. It's completely bare. They are about 20 years old and I have never had a problem with them. What could cause this and should I remove the shrub"

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

One a plant is dead, there is no way to say why it died. It may have been outcompeted for moisture and nutrients, since there were other large shrubs nearby with aggressive root systems.
Burning bush is a type of euonymus that has become invasive in Maryland and so we do not recommend planting them anymore. If you replant there, we'd recommend a different kind of plant, especially a native one with flowers and berries which would be good for pollinators and native wildlife.