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Wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei cvs.

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Prostrate to mound-forming, vigorous evergreen shrubs have oval, toothed, dark green leaves. Cultivars vary in foliage color and variegation, form, climbing or creeping habit, and fall interest.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsBest used as a groundcover, as it may suffer winter burn in cold climates. Highly invasive, spreading by bird-dispersed berries.

CareVariegated cultivars may need sun to enhance leaf color. Vigorous climber if given support or can be trained against a wall or tree.

PropagationRoot semi-ripe cuttings. Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame.

ProblemsCommon in euonymus: mites, scale insects, leaf miners, aphids, and mealybugs. Frequent: witches' broom, stem dieback, powdery mildew, and fungal spots.

  • Genus : Euonymus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
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