Dwarf wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei 'Minimus'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Dwarf wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Minimus')
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Genus:  Euonymus
'Minimus' has smaller leaves than other plants of the species and a very low-growing, spreading habit. This evergreen shrub is best used as a groundcover, but it can climb as a vine if given support. It forms a dense mat of quarter-inch leaves. It may suffer winter burn in cold climates.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Very small leaves. Low-growing, spreading habit.
Care:  Tolerates any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, needing more moisture in full sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds.
Propagation:  Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or sow seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe.
Problems:  Mites, scale insects, leaf miners, aphids, and mealybugs are common, while witches' broom, stem dieback, powdery mildew, and fungal spots are also frequent problems.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Runs
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Uses
Ground Covers
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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