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Old 04-15-2018, 10:42 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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I bought the dwarf burning bush, which gets 8-10' max and is easily pruned to shape.

I took some of the advice here and laid out temporary 2x4's into two angled flower beds that are 30 ft long x 6 ft wide. I could put the dwarf burning bush along the back and alternate some other shrubs or grasses, and then some flowers or ground cover in the front near the border. I'll try to vary the height quite a bit, without overcrowding.

That way I would break up the fence line, without having a 100+ ft bed that's also a rectangle (someone suggested no more straight lines).

Thoughts?

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Old 04-15-2018, 11:05 AM
 
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Hmm. Isn't 8-10' feet in violation of the easement? Also, still invasive.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Hmm. Isn't 8-10' feet in violation of the easement? Also, still invasive.
The burning bush people can buy readily at nurseries is not invasive in the least. Just don't time travel and the OP (and the neighboring yards) will be just fine.

Is Burning Bush Really an Invasive Species?

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There are burning bushes planted all over America, staying put and invading nothing.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:12 PM
 
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Art - you're still willfully ignorant of invasive species and responsible gardening. Geneyus said that they got a dwarf burning bush - which is usually Euonymus alatus 'Compactus', which is still the invasive Euonymus alatus even though your link disputes that it is invasive... Before I believe that the genetically modified plants mentioned in your second link behave as described, I would prefer to see years of testing.

BTW your first link says that dwarf burning bush grows to 12' - still more than 6'.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:17 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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I bought the dwarf burning bush, which gets 8-10' max and is easily pruned to shape.

I took some of the advice here and laid out temporary 2x4's into two angled flower beds that are 30 ft long x 6 ft wide. I could put the dwarf burning bush along the back and alternate some other shrubs or grasses, and then some flowers or ground cover in the front near the border. I'll try to vary the height quite a bit, without overcrowding.

That way I would break up the fence line, without having a 100+ ft bed that's also a rectangle (someone suggested no more straight lines).

Thoughts?

I think that will look good.


One of my neighbours planted a row of the dwarf burning bush beneath her living room window. Once a year she went out with electric hedge trimmers and trimmed off the new tips that reached above the window sill, no problems. The dwarf burning bush never reached out too far towards the rest of the flower bed in front of that window. I don't think you will have a problem with invasiveness or too much height with the dwarf variety if you keep it trimmed back once a year.


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Old 04-16-2018, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Art - you're still willfully ignorant of invasive species and responsible gardening. Geneyus said that they got a dwarf burning bush - which is usually Euonymus alatus 'Compactus', which is still the invasive Euonymus alatus even though your link disputes that it is invasive... Before I believe that the genetically modified plants mentioned in your second link behave as described, I would prefer to see years of testing.

BTW your first link says that dwarf burning bush grows to 12' - still more than 6'.
A cultivar and the species can be wildly different. Take a crepe myrtle. Some grow to 40-50 ft, some are nearly ground covers. We humans have messed with plants.... a lot.

And Euonymous alatus 'compacta' is not on the invasive lists (you provided).

You can go to nurseries across the country and the tags will show wildly different heights and widths for plants listed with the exact same cultivar name. There's no standard. Some use a 5 year guesstimate, some use a 10 year guesstimate. Some make up a number they think will sell (Monrovia is the worst at this).

Some botanical sites tend show a full-grown height (in optimal conditions). Unlike people, plants tend to keep growing until they die. They can't read tags, either.

And as the OP said, that 6' is a general guideline utilities use. No one comes out to measure. They just don't want huge trees.

And... pruners are made for a reason.
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