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Why You Can’t Grow The Burning Bush Plant In Massachusetts
The burning bush (Euonymus alatus), a native Asian shrub known for its bright, fiery colors and decorative appeal, is found in 25 US states, including Massachusetts and Delaware.
However, it is considered an invasive species in 21 states, and it is banned for importation and propagation in the state of Massachusetts.
Burning bush shrubs can disturb the order of your local ecosystem and cause biodiversity loss. Additionally, it gets its name because it’s a fire hazard, due to its oils.
The plant also attracts wildlife and is unsafe to digest for humans, cats, dogs, and horses. Better substitutes include ninebark, highbush blueberry, and Virginia sweet spire.