Fire Ball® Burning Bush

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A compact Burning Bush that is very cold-hardy! The Proven Winners® Selection Fire Ball® (Euonymus alatus 'Select') starts off brilliant green in the spring. But come fall, watch out! This shrub turns an eye-catching rust-red and becomes the stand-out star of the garden. Perfect when you need a shot of red fall foliage in your garden, Burning Bush is your go-to plant! 

This is an improved form of a Burning Bush that is compact with tighter branches and better stem hardiness. This means that Fire Ball® resists stem dieback even in the harshest winters, unlike most other Euonymus. his helps Fire Ball® fit into almost any garden.

Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 8, Fire Ball® matures 5-7 feet in height and 3-5 feet in width, maintaining an easy-to-grow rounded form! From the yellowish spring flowers that pollinators love to the orange-red fall seeds that birds love, to the corky winged stems in the winter - this shrub has four seasons of interest!

Nature Hills understands that this genus sometimes grows too well in certain areas. Birds eat the seeds and spread them around where they can grow and overtake other plants. That's why we use Plant Sentry™ to block shipments into regulated areas. Just punch in your zip code into our Zone Finder to see if it will work for your community.

For those that can safely grow it, there is nothing, and we mean nothing, like the bright splash of bold red of Fire Ball®. You'll turn every head in the neighborhood!

Planting and Application:

Plant this Burning Bush amidst spring and summer flowering shrubs for a jolt of color just as the flowers of the others are fading. Fire Ball® will blend well with your other foundation or shrub border plantings all summer!

Create a lush privacy hedge along the front of your property to divide your home from the sidewalk, or along the edge to screen out a messy neighbor. Hide the HVAC unit or soften the corner of your home or outbuilding with these densely branched shrubs!

Use several plants in groupings or plant them en masse to amplify the remarkable brightness of the fall color. It's an outstanding display.

A single plant becomes a fiery focal point come fall, but is an easy-going landscape workhorse for the remainder of the year! Slow drifting snow, create bird-friendly banks of shelterbelts, or line the sunny side of your home with a four-season shrub foundation hedge!

This is a low-maintenance plant that has a place in both home gardens and commercial landscapes. If not pruned at all, the shrub develops a natural-looking profile. Use as a focal point in a mixed shrub planting!

  • Amazing Red Fall Color!
  • Lovely Branch Structure Looks Great All Year
  • Darling Little Yellow Blossoms & Red-Orange Berries
  • Pollinator & Bird-Friendly
  • Unique Winged Bark Brings Winter Interest
  • Colorful Accents, Specimend, Hedged & Privacy

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Not bothered by pollution, insects, or disease - Burning Bushes are very easy to grow! Burning Bushes perform well in various levels of full sun or shade. It also tolerates a wide range of soils, with the exception of wet, poorly drained soil. The roots will rot in poor draining soils. Fire Ball® is a fast-growing and compact variety of Burning Bush, so you won't have to wait long for results. It maintains a natural, pleasing shape, but can also withstand heavy pruning.

If you do prune, right after flowering is best to remove the flowers before they go to seed. Mulch 3 to 4 inches deep and 3 feet outside of the canopy to keep the root system cool and moist. Arborist mulch also allows you to increase the time between supplemental watering.

  • Adaptable in Full Sun
  • Any Well-Drained Soil & Moderate Moisture
  • Prune the Yellow Flowers in Early Spring to Curtail Fall Seeds
  • Low Maintenance & Widely Adapted to Colder Climates
  • Insect & Disease Resistant & Pollution Tolerant

Plant this spicy little Fire Ball® Burning Bush in your landscape! You and your neighbors will be happy you did! Order today from Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Fire Ball® Burning Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Euonymus alatus 'Select'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 5 - 7 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellowish-Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering