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Old 07-23-2012, 09:39 PM
Location: 31.32' North
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I love the Euonymus alatus, better known as the Burning bush, for its splendid fall color. I would love to use it as a foundation plant when I landscape the side of my house.

I have been told, by a source who knows plants inside and out, that it does not grow well down here due to the heat. I am in zone 8b, near Dothan, AL. However, I have a friend in Auburn, AL, only two hours or so to the north, who has a burning bush in his backyard. And it couldn't possibly look better - granted, their soil is more clay-based and acidic, but it has really flourished there. So who do I believe?

Any experience with this plant in the South? It is rated for Zones 4-8, and I'm on the southern end of that, but I don't want to spend a lot of money on a row of them and be disappointed.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:25 AM
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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I am very familiar with Dothan.
no, the bush will not do well where you live.
The bush doesn't do well where I live in South Carolina, zone 8,
noone even plants them down here.
Sorry, but I am sure there are alternatives to the bush for fall
color. Even something evergreen, after all the burning bush does
loose it's leaves and looks ugly all winter.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:20 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I planted it in almost every clients yard in the Atlanta area and it thrives. It is so beautiful in the fall and just kind of there in the spring. I didn't think there was any place any hotter and more humid than Atlanta!
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:55 PM
Location: SW Pennsylvania, USA
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It's been some time since the last post, but I'll add my experience.

I'm in west-central Alabama, and the soil here is clay. I planted one back in 2007 in full sun. In summer 2012, it put no leaves out, and I thought it was dead. I'm glad I procrastinated about digging it up because right now there are leaves all over it.
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