Burning Bush’s Wild Tendencies Tamed

Non-invasive burning bushGenetic engineers have created a version of the burning bush that doesn’t self-seed. Image: Photographers Peter Morenus and Dr. Li/UConn Today

Nothing wrecks curb appeal like a bush gone wild.

Nothing wrecks curb appeal like a bush gone wild.

Now, the burning bush, an invasive but popular front-yard shrub, is about to be tamed by genetic engineers who’ve created a version of the plant that doesn’t self-seed, the Associated Press reports.

The same things that make the burning bush popular — its ability to withstand lousy soil, ice melters, and pests — are the reasons it’s made the invasive species list (aka the “please don’t plant that here” list) in 21 states. AP’s Stephanie Reitz shares these suggestions for other plants that will look just as nice:

Many landscapers have skipped burning bush and started using alternatives such as red chokeberry, native winterberry, silky dogwood, or native highbush blueberry.

Of the three suggested options, I’m a fan of the blueberry because I love the idea of an edible garden.

What about you? Would you dig up your burning bushes and replace them with blueberries? Or will you invest in the new breed of burning bush?