Burning Bush

Denomination: 'Hayman'
Trade name: Unforgettable Fire
Botanical Name: Euonymus alatus
Applicant/Holder: Spring Meadow Nursery, Inc.
12601 120th Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan
United States of America
Breeder: Michael Hayman, Louisville, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2008-07-30
Application Number: 08-6419
Grant of Rights Date: 2012-08-23
Certificate Number: 4389
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2030-08-23

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Rudy Haag'

Summary: Plants of 'Hayman' have an upright to bushy growth habit while plants of 'Rudy Haag' have a dwarf to bushy habit. The plant height of 'Hayman' is taller than that of 'Rudy Haag'. 'Hayman' has a smaller leaf than 'Rudy Haag'. The leaf shape of 'Hayman' is narrow elliptic to oblanceolate while the leaf shape of 'Rudy Haag' is elliptic to obovate. Leaves of 'Hayman' have a smooth texture while leaves of 'Rudy Haag' are leathery.


SHRUB/PLANT: deciduous, upright to bushy growth habit, medium degree of branching, medium foliage density

STEM: medium thickness, strong anthocyanin colouration on new growth, absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration on mature growth, ridged shape, medium green colour with red-brown on upper third for new growth, medium to dark green for mature growth, no twisting

LEAF: opposite arrangement, simple, narrow elliptic to oblanceolate, acute to acuminate apex, obtuse to acute base, serrate margin, absent or very weak undulation of margin, moderate to strong reflexing along the longitudinal axis of mature leaf, medium to strong glossiness of the upper side, smooth texture, absent or very weak fragrance, upper side dark green (RHS 147A-137A), lower side medium green (RHS 147B-C), fall foliage dark brown (RHS N186C) to redder than brown purple (RHS 183A) with green patches, dark purple red (RHS 46A) colour when senesced, petiole present

Origin & Breeding History: The burning bush shrub variety 'Hayman' originated from an open pollinated cross that occurred during the fall of 2000 between the variety 'Rudy Haag' as the female parent and pollen from an unknown male parent in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It was selected in the fall of 2002 based on branching and foliage characteristics and an improved overall appearance.

Tests & Trials: Trials for were conducted as an outdoor container trial during the summer of 2011 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included a total of 16 shrubs of the candidate variety and 8 shrubs of the reference variety. All shrubs were grown from 5.7 cm liners potted into 7.6 liter containers in the spring of 2009. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plant parts of each variety on July 5, 2011 with additional colour observations made in September 2011. All colour measurements were made using the 2007 RHS Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Hayman' with reference variety 'Rudy Haag'

Leaf length (cm)

  'Hayman' 'Rudy Haag'
mean 6.4 7.0
std. deviation 0.47 0.58

Leaf width (cm)

  'Hayman' 'Rudy Haag'
mean 2.1 2.9
std. deviation 0.22 0.26

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Burning Bush: 'Hayman' (left) with reference variety 'Rudy Haag' (right)

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Burning Bush: 'Hayman' (left) with reference variety 'Rudy Haag' (right)

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Burning Bush: 'Hayman' (left) with reference variety 'Rudy Haag' (right)

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