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Flashy Fall Alternatives to Burning Bush

Burning bush (Euonymus alatus) has long been acclaimed for its brilliant red fall foliage. But since burning bush is now banned as an invasive plant in many states, people are asking for a noteworthy substitute. No problem! Many outstanding alternatives are finally getting the attention they deserve! And many of these are native to North America. Below are some fantastic natives to add to your garden for fall flare:

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) Sun to Part Shade. Zones 5 – 9. 4’-8’ tall. (pictured above)

Bottlebrush (Fothergilla) Sun – Part Shade. Zones 4 – 8 2’-10’ tall (pictured right)

Highbush and Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum and angustifolium) Sun – Part Shade. Highbush: 6’-12’ tall, Zones 5 – 8. Lowbush: Height 6” – 2’ tall, Zones 2 – 8

Chokeberry (Aronia)– Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) Zones 4 – 9. 6’ – 10’ tall Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) Zones 3 – 8. 2’-8’ tall. Both Sun – Part Shade.

Sweetspire (Itea virginica) Sun – Part Shade. Zones 5 – 9. 3’ – 5’ tall

Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum) Sun – Part Shade, 6’ – 10’ tall, Zones 2-8 , Smooth Wintherod (Viburnum nudum, pictured, photo Fine Gardening) Sun – Part Shade, 5’ – 12’+ tall, Zones 5 – 9 and Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum) Sun – Part Sun, 8’ – 15’ tall Zones 2 – 7