Euonymus fortunei, commonly known as wintercreeper, is a versatile and hardy evergreen shrub that is prized for its attractive foliage and ability to grow in a wide range of growing conditions. This plant is native to East Asia and is valued for its ability to provide year-round interest in the garden. It prefers full sun to partial shade and is tolerant of drought and heat. In addition to its ornamental value, Euonymus fortunei is also valued for its ability to attract birds and other wildlife to the garden. To create a harmonious planting scheme, consider pairing Euonymus fortunei with some complementary companion plants. For example, the blue blooms of Ajuga (bugleweed) can provide a beautiful contrast to the green foliage of the wintercreeper. The delicate, pink flowers of Dianthus (carnations) also pair well with Euonymus fortunei and their low-growing habit makes them ideal for planting in front of the shrub. Overall, Euonymus fortunei is a great choice for adding colour and interest to any UK garden. By pairing it with some well-chosen companion plants, you can create a beautiful and harmonious planting scheme that will be a joy to behold throughout the growing season.
- Common Name(s):Spindle ‘Emerald Gaiety’
- Hardiness:Fully Hardy through most of the UK
- How big will I get? Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’ can grow to a height of 1m and a spread of 1.5m.
- Did You Know That:The plant’s wood is hard and durable, and has been used for making furniture, tools, and spindles, which gives it its common name.
A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’ is a versatile plant and can cope with wet or drier soils, but prefers there to be decent drainage. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’ can handle either an exposed or a sheltered position and can cope with either full sun or partial shade.
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’ is fairly low maintenance and doesn’t require any pruning. However can be trimmed to maintain a nice shape.
Pest, Diseases and Wildlife
Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n Gold’ can have problems with caterpillars and scale insects, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as powdery mildews and leaf spot. It is toxic to cats and dogs.