Burning Bush partially dead?

Asked July 27, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

I know that lots of people are wondering what happened to their burning bushes after winter revealed that they looked half dead. I’ve been waiting to see what would happen. There is lots of new growth coming from the base, but not much green coming from the longer branches. Should I just cut all of those old looking branches back? Do I cut them back all the way to the ground? Thanks...

Anoka County Minnesota euonymus horticulture

1 Response

Cut back the dead branches. You can tell what is dead by scratching with your fingernail. If there is green tissue underneath, not dead.

The plant might survive. But if it doesn't, consider planting something other than a burning bush (Euonymus alatus). E. alatus is very invasive, especially near wooded areas. Wisconsin bans its sale. Read here:
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/shrub/winged-burning-bush