The genus Euonymus is comprised of 175 species of shrubs, trees, and climbers grown for their attractive foliage, interesting fruit, and good autumn color. Most are native to Asia. Euonymus have a variety of uses in the garden, including as part of a shrub border or as specimens, hedges, or ground covers.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsNice autumn color and ornamental fruit. All parts cause mild stomach discomfort if eaten.
CareTolerates most any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Evergreens need a sheltered site, while variegated plants show best in sun.
PropagationAs soon as seeds ripen, sow them in containers in a cold frame. Deciduous species can be started from greenwood cuttings in summer. Propagate evergreen species in summer from semi-ripe cuttings.
ProblemsWitches' broom, stem dieback, powdery mildew, and fungal spots. Some pests and diseases can cause problems both in the garden and indoors, including mites, scale insects, leaf miners, aphids, and mealybugs.