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Euonymus Alatus Tree

Burning Bush Trees

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For autumn colour, it's hard to beat Euonymus Alatus. The clue is in its common names - Burning Bush or Fire Bush. This wonderful bush or small multistemmed tree turns a crimson fiery red and looks amazing if planted in a spot where it will catch autumn sunshine - and it has a much deserved RHS Award of Garden Merit as a result. In addition to its autumn colour, its other autumn feature is reddish purple fruit it produces which split open to reveal an orange seed capsule. It also has an interesting feature of corky wings on its stems which you can clearly see once the leaves drop - in fact "alatus" is Latin for winged and it is this feature which gives Euonymus alatus some of its common names.

It will often grow to be wider than its height (2 x 2.5 metres in 20 years) and it makes a good dense shrub. It's particularly good in alkaline soil but will tolerate any well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. The Winged Euonymus has dark green long oval leaves and small greenish flowers in May/June but the flowers are of little significance compared with its splendour in autumn.

AKA Fire Bush, Winged Euonymus, Burning Bush, Winged Spindle Tree more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Euonymus Alatus Tree Euonymus Alatus Tree
3L pot 50-60cm Bush £22.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery timescales

99% of deliveries made within a week of placing the order (other than agreed pre orders) and many are despatched on the day we receive the order.  There is a slightly longer delivery timescale on trees over 2.5m in height (all the trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard or Extra Heavy Standard, all called Mature Trees) because normal "next day" carriers find them too large to handle so we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a haulage contractor to deliver and this all takes a bit of scheduling (but it's worth it when you see these wonderful mature trees!). 

Gift trees required for arrival on a specific date (or indeed any tree required for delivery on a specific date) can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge - we normally plan to deliver a day or two before the special day just to be on the safe side and although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - mid April/late April (depending on weather conditions) and whilst they are dormant.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order unless we contact you (normally just the most mature trees where the driver may need help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle).  You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email.

Trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery costs

Orders for our popular range of 1.5/2.0m height trees to UK mainland ex Highlands have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (Highlands charge will be applied in the check out).  Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat (again Highlands charge applied in the check out).  On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees (or hundreds of trees if you wish) for the same delivery cost.  Highlands charges start to get a bit expensive if you require several trees which our customers in the Highlands will be well aware of - we wish we could help more but you're such a long way from Yorkshire!

Mature trees are more expensive to deliver and cost varies by postcode but again you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost so if you do need 2 or more, and particularly if you are planting a good number of trees, it works out to be really economical.  Delivery costs are calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and overseas destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees but if you have a larger requirement please do speak to us and we'll do what we can to get trees to you at a reasonable cost.

Planting Advice for Euonymus Alatus trees

When planting Euonymus Alatus trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Euonymus Alatus trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around, inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend planting any ornamental tree with a stake and tie, to see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Euonymus Alatus trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Burning Bush trees

Euonymus Alatus trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your Euonymus Alatus tree, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.

Euonymus Alatus Tree (Burning Bush Trees) Description

  • Common name: Winged spindle tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2 x 2.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Autumn
  • Foliage: Dark green leaves in spring & summer, turning bright red in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types but prefers a moist, well-drained site