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Firebush won't turn red

Sam76Sam76 Posts: 149
Anyone know how to get the leaves on our firebush to turn red?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Depends which one you have - there are a few things called 'firebush'.  If it's an embothrium coccineum, seed raised ones can have flowers of other colours, such as yellow or white.  The (normally) red flowers give it the common name of Chilean fire bush.  The leaves stay green.

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    The photo, it looks like a Pieris shrub. Only new leaves that forms start off red and then matures green. Looking at your shrub, there is no new young growth yet. If it's finished flowering, you can always give them a light prune, and that should encourage new leaves to grow.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,618
    Agree with Borderline, it is a Pieris.
    The new leaves in Spring will be red, although that should have occurred by now.
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  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 149
    Thanks guys. No red leaves at all this year. Maybe a prune would do it good
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