Winged Spindle, Euonymus alatus

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  1. AAnightowl

    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    I found a small shrub that I did not recognize in my garden today, and tried out a new phone app to ID it. The phone app is Candide, and you take your plant's picture, and it IDs the plant for you. This bush is also called burning bush. It is already about shoulder height on me (I am 5' 4"), and I was wondering, is it too late to move it? I do not remember planting it, though it may be something a friend gave me some years ago? I thought her gift plants had died out and tossed them.. Now it is a fair sized bush, and the app says it will get to be about 5 ft x 5 ft, and there is not really room where it is. There are other trees and shrubs close to it, so I would like to move it this fall.

    My yard is full of other shrubs and trees, but I thought perhaps out back along the edge of my woods, and it won't matter how large it gets.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    It should be fine to move it now before the first frosts arrive. They tend not to have really deep roots, which is a good thing when transplanting them, so I'd go ahead and move it to its new home. Transplanting an established burning bush in fall gives roots the opportunity to settle in during moderate winter weather. I'd prepare the site you're going to move it to first though which should make moving less stressful for it.
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    Thanks Eileen. We have had a couple of frosts, but no major freezes just yet.

    I will try to get at that tomorrow or Thursday.
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    I did get that bush transplanted, though I had to get it loose of a wire basket that I used for stuff I did not want in my regular compost... It seems happy in its new home out under a cedar tree. I use old cat litter sometimes to make berms for flowers only on the perimeters of my yard. It is easy to plant bushes and flowers in.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Glad to hear that the bush transplanted well. Let's hope it continues to thrive for you in its new home.
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    Another question: Something is eating the bark of my bush, so will it be alright? And what can I do to discourage wild things from eating my new bush?
     
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    Sounds like voles to me. Low down? Putting wire mesh around the trunk should protect it.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    I agree with Cayu because I have had the same. It can also be rabbits, I have seen that on our complex as well.. keep us posted how it goes. The wire mesh must be absolutely secure above and below so that the little beasts cannot get under, over and behind it.
     
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    AAnightowl Young Pine

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    I can look and see if I have some scraps of chicken wire hanging around..
     
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    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    That might deter rabbits but not voles
     
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    Clay_22 In Flower

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    Lucky for me my cat kills garden intruders
     

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