Burning bush

Asked August 24, 2018, 3:21 PM EDT

Our burning bush's leaves have all turned brown. The bush is mature, but it is in a wet area of the yard. With all the rain this year, should it be cut back or is it gone?

Baltimore County Maryland burning bush decline shrub

1 Response

The shrub looks dead. It grows best in full sun to heavy shade in a well drained soil. It is not tolerant of water logged soils. They can also be susceptible to spider mites. You may want to take this opportunity to remove and replant with a native plant species. We do not recommend planting it as it is invasive.

This plant is listed as a Tier 2 Invasive plant. It produces a prolific amount of berries and the seeds can germinate both in sunny and shady conditions. In some situations, hundreds of seedlings can be found growing underneath the parent plant. Birds aid in seed dispersal. It also reproduces vegetatively by root suckering. Take a look at the attached link for more information. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/burning-bush