Euonymus, Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Euonymus, Wintercreeper
Euonymus fortunei

Leaves of Wintercreeper Euonymus
Leaves of Wintercreeper Euonymus
Evergreen foliage is attractive, varying from green to green mixed with white or yellow (depending on cultivar selected). 
Sun to shade; moist, well drained soils are best, but also tolerates dryness; tolerant of alkaline soils. 

Numerous cultivars ar available, but they vary in their cold hardiness. Some common cultivars are:

  • 'Coloratus'- 1 foot tall; green leaves that turn red-purple in winter; hardy to zone 5.
  • 'Gold Prince'-2 feet tall; new foliage bright gold, changing to green with age.
  • 'Vegetus'-green leaves, hardy to zone 5.
Mature Height
10-20 Feet (Height varies greatly depending on cultivar selected.)
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 8 
Bloom Color
Not of Interest
Bloom Season
June - July
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Method of Attachment
Aerial Roots
Foliage Color
Fall Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Euonymus scale and crown gall are serious problems on this plant. Euonymus can also be attacked by anthracnose, powdery mildew and aphids.
Additional Notes

This plant is also used as a groundcover. Some cultivars can also function as shrubs.

This vine is woody and evergreen.


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