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Dwarf wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei 'Minimus'

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‘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 CharacteristicsVery small leaves. Low-growing, spreading habit.

CareTolerates any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade, needing more moisture in full sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or sow seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe.

ProblemsMites, scale insects, leaf miners, aphids, and mealybugs are common, while witches' broom, stem dieback, powdery mildew, and fungal spots are also frequent problems.

  • Genus : Euonymus
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
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