Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Non-invasive Burning Bush developed

This is big news in the horticulture world…a scientist at the University of Connecticut has developed a sterile, non-invasive Burning Bush.


Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is an extremely popular ornamental shrub among gardeners and landscapers for its intense red fall foliage and adaptability to varying soil and environmental conditions. It’s downside is that the copious amount of seeds produced means that when birds or wind or rain carry the seeds away, they sprout and form dense thickets of new Burning Bush that choke out native vegetation. Thus, Burning Bush is listed as invasive in several states. To have this new variety developed that does not produce seed means the door is open now to folks being able to continue to enjoy Burning Bush without worrying about it displacing native species.

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