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Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ (Wintercreeper)

Wintercreeper 'Emerald Gaiety', Spindle 'Emerald Gaiety', Euonymus 'Gaiety'

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Euonymus Fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety', Wintercreeper 'Emerald Gaiety', Spindle 'Emerald Gaiety', evergreen shrubs, variegated shrubs

Noted for its luminous and attractive foliage, Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ (Wintercreeper) is a small, bushy evergreen shrub with rounded, glossy, deep emerald green leaves adorned with irregular white margins which can take on a pink tinge in the winter. It produces a few tiny, inconspicuous, greenish flowers in early summer. Erect and densely branched, with an irregular growth habit, this evergreen shrub can climb if planted against a wall or next to a structure.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall and wide (120-150 cm). Wintercreeper spreads both by creeping stems which root where they touch the ground, and by animal or water dispersed seeds. Euonymus fortunei has been reported to be invasive in natural areas in most of the states in the eastern half of the U.S.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Grow in full sun if your soil is moisture retentive. Tolerates a wide range of soils excluding boggy and wet soils.
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Watch for Euonymus scale, anthracnose, crown gall, leaf spot, mildew and aphids.
  • Extremely versatile, Euonymus fortunei may be used as a low hedge or as a foundation plant. With support, it will climb vigorously and is ideal trained against a shady wall.
  • All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.
  • Euonymus fortunei species is native to China, Japan, and Korea.
  • Find where Euonymus fortunei species is invasive in the United States.
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 2 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Celastraceae
Genus Euonymus
Common names Wintercreeper, Winter Creeper, Gaiety
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Euonymus americanus (American Strawberry Bush)
Euonymus fortunei (Wintercreeper)
Euonymus japonicus ‘Silver King’ (Japanese Spindle)
Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Aureovariegatus’ (Japanese Spindle)
Euonymus fortunei Goldy™ ‘ (Wintercreeper)
Euonymus fortunei ‘Canadale Gold’ (Wintercreeper)

Recommended Companion Plants

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Carpet’ (Japanese Spurge)
Primula pulverulenta (Candelabra Primrose)
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ (Smokebush)
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ (Lavender)

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 2 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Celastraceae
Genus Euonymus
Common names Wintercreeper, Winter Creeper, Gaiety
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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