Wintercreeper Euonymus, Wintercreeper u-ON-i-mus for-TU-ne-i
- Broadleaf evergreen vine or trailing shrub, also a mounding shrub to 1-3 ft (30-75 cm) high and 2-4 ft (60-120 cm) wide, if supported will climb to 40-70 ft (12-21 m). A variable species because it mutates readily and forms a wide range of leaf types. Leaves of the species are opposite and usually 2.5-6.5 cm long, serrate margins, dark green and marked with silver veins. Flowers not often present, greenish-white, small, about 6 mm, inconspicuous. Fruit dehiscent capsules, open to reveal orange seeds, often not formed and/or inconspicuous.
- Sun to part shade. Prefers a light, well-drained soil, but tolerant of moisture and most soil types. Easy to grow.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to Japan, Korea, and China.
- Note: Euonymus fortunei has invasive tendencies, it spreads easily and if not managed carefully can escape from cultivation and move into native plant areas and crowd out native species.
- Many cultivars available; some examples.