- burning bush
1. Bible. a bush that "burned with fire and ... was not consumed," from which an angel spoke to Moses. (Ex. 3:2).2. Also called firebush, summer cypress. a shrubby plant, Kochia scoparia, of the goosefoot family, having dense, feathery foliage that turns red in fall.3. any of various plants of the genus Euonymus having bright red foliage in autumn.[1775-85 as a plant name]
* * *▪ plantany of several plants so called for their striking fall foliage, brilliant flower display, or emission of a volatile flammable vapour (see gas plant). The popular burning bush planted for fall colour is Euonymus atropurpureus, also called wahoo. This shrub, or small tree, up to 8 m (26 feet) in height, is native to the eastern and north-central United States. It bears small purplish flowers and small scarlet fruits. The western burning bush (E. occidentalis), up to 5.5 m, is found along the western coastal United States. The winged spindle tree, or winged euonymus (E. alata), is often called burning bush; a shrub growing to a height of 2.5 m, it has several cultivated varieties, including a dwarf, compact branching form, which is much used in landscaping.Red summer cypress, or firebush (Kochia scoparia trichophylla), is also called burning bush (see Kochia (Bassia)), as is Combretum microphyllum, the flame creeper of Mozambique, a rambling shrub with scarlet flower spikes.
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