Euonymus japonicus (variegated forms) Celastraceae
Variegated Japanese Euonymus u-ON-i-mus ja-PON-i-kus
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m) high. Leaves opposite, simple, obovate to narrowly oval, 2.5-7.5 cm long, leathery, tapered at base, serrated except at base. Greenish white flowers in early summer, 8 mm wide. Pinkish-red fruit in late summer or early fall.
- Variegated types may revert back to green leaved-forms, especially under excessive fertility. Major variegated cultivars include:
- Albomarginatus - leaves with slight margin of white.
- Aureo-marginata (Aureomarginatus) - yellow margins, dense, upright growth, 4-5 ft high.
- Aureus (possibly synonymous with Aureo-variegata, Aureovariegatus, and others) - leaves have green margins with bright yellow center blotches, may grow to 5-10 ft high and 3-6 ft wide.
- Chollipo - leaves have cream colored edging with dark green center.
- Silver King - leaves have cream-white margins.
- Silver PrincessTM (Moness) - dark green leaves with well defined white margins.
- Silver Queen - green leaves with cream-white margins. (Be aware there is also a cultivar of Euonymus fortunei named Silver Queen.)
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7
- Oregon State Univ. campus: variegated type (Silver Queen') along northern end of parking lot west of Cordley.