Chicago Fire® Burning Bush

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Huge red impact - if you like to go big and bold, you won't want to miss this special shrub for fiery fall color. Chicago Fire® Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus 'Timber Creek') is a hardy, multi-stemmed plant that will absolutely knock your socks off every autumn!

It's been an instant hit ever since it was introduced by the Chicagoland Grow Program. As you can imagine, Chicago-area gardeners are hungry for fall color and winter interest. Chicago Fire® doesn't disappoint. With its crimson-red foliage and unique red-orange berries, home gardeners have a wonderful focal point for their landscapes.

Chicago Fire® really knows how to put on a show. Butterflies love the tiny yellow flowers in spring. Bold green summer leaves are held nicely along the symmetrical branches, perfect for a privacy screen.

Burning Bushes have always been valued for their brilliant - nearly fluorescent - fall color! Chicago Fire® grows to a wonderfully versatile size and features a rounded canopy. You'll love the way it looks!

Its interesting winged bark even looks great in winter! As an added bonus, pretty red-orange fruits appear in the fall and persist. They'll open to expose small, orange seeds that are quite ornamental in appearance and are quickly snapped up by birds!

Nature Hills understands that this genus sometimes grows too well in certain areas. Birds eat those 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 Chicago Fire®. You'll turn every head in the neighborhood!

Planting and Application:

Chicago Fire® holds branches and foliage all the way down to the ground. This quality, along with its large size and round shape makes it the perfect privacy screen or hedge plant. Use along the back of your outdoor fire pit or marched down the length of your fence line.

To create a solid screen, plant them 5 feet apart on center. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next. In no time, they'll grow together and block any unwanted views.

When you use several plants in groupings, or plant en masse, you wind up amplifying the remarkable brightness of the fall color. It's an outstanding display. They make a perfect decoration for football watch parties displayed up on an outdoor screen!

You can also use a single plant as a fabulous accent. It would look incredible at the corner of your house to anchor your foundation planting. Or, try one at the corner of your garage to soften the harsh angle.

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!

Try 'limbing up' the Chicago Fire® by removing the lower branches back to a main stem. Create a pedestaled multi-trunk tree as a specimen for your patio plantings or to use near your front entrance. You'll expose the very ornamental bark of the plant!

  • Traffic-Stopping Amazing Red Fall Color!
  • Lovely Branch Structure Looks Great All Year
  • Darling Little Yellow Blossoms & Red-Orange Berries
  • Unique Bark Brings Winter Interest
  • Use as an Accent or Specimen, Hedge & Privacy

#ProPlantTips for Care:

City or urban environments are no problem, and 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. Chicago Fire® is a fast-growing 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. Not bothered by pollution, insects, or disease - Burning Bushes are very easy to grow!

  • Hardy & 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

Use Chicago Fire® Burning Bush to your landscape for year-round interest and an eye-catching splash of color. Go ahead, dazzle your friends and neighbors! Order yours at Nature Hills today!

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.

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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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Chicago Fire® Burning Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Euonymus alatus 'Timber Creek'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 8 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellowish-Green
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering