Far and away, the most read post on this blog is one I published three years ago today called “The Truth About Burning Bush”.
In just this past year, it has been viewed over 18,500 times, according to the Google Analytics tool, and people spent more time on that post, on average, than they spent on any other post on this blog in the past year.
In fact, over the last year, it has had more page views than the next 12 most read posts, combined.
What makes that post so special? What secret words, phrases, sauce or other markings does it contain that causes Google to serve it up so often? Are people viewing it to find answers to questions about the Biblical burning bush?
I have no answers to those questions.
When I look back at that post now, there are certainly some paragraphs I would re-write but I wouldn’t change the basic information. My position is still the same…
Don’t plant burning bush, Euonymus alatus, in your garden, especially in areas where it is considered invasive.
Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by those red leaves in the fall, which are at their peak right now.
Avert your eyes when you see the rows of one gallon pots of burning bush at the garden centers.
Ignore that misleading ‘Compactus’ or ‘Compacta’ because it is still going to get between six and ten feet tall and just as wide.
Don’t even think about buying it and then pruning it each year into a nice square or a round ball shape.
Move along, the burning bush’s week of glory will soon be over and it will quickly go back to being just a plain ol’ shrub. Its flowers are barely noticeable in the spring.
Really, you can do better than a burning bush. And remember…
Gardeners don’t let other gardeners plant burning bush.