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May I bother you to help me identify the following shrub?

Dayna Asked

Photo: Dayna Ryan

I am new to the area—we just bought a house here in Louisville. May I bother you to help me identify the following shrub? The previous owner was very fond of this shrub, as I have several on my property.

I have attached pictures to help identify this species. Thank you so much for your help.

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The Gardener’s Answer

The plant in the picture is commonly known as burning bush. Enouymus alatus is the scientific name. Although it has stunning red foliage during the fall months, it is considered invasive here in Kentucky.

This deciduous shrub is an Asian native, but has been widely cultivated for landscape use. There are a few cultivars that have been developed for more compact growth. I hope this is helpful, and welcome to Louisville!

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