Euonymus fortunei 'HARLEQUIN'

Euonymus fortunei
Euonymus fortunei 'HARLEQUIN'
Fortune's euonymus, spindle
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green and cream
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Fortunei group of evergreen euonymus = wintercreeper is native to China a got its name by a botanist Robert Fortune who collected plants in China since the 19th century, and was also the first to have introduced tea plant to India.

Harlequin is a perfect name for this dwarf shrub. It bears small, evergreen, creamy-white variegated leaves that turn pink in autumn and winter. It grows slower than most varieties and forms a colourful mound. Its extreme hardiness and slower growth make it a sought-after shrub for evergreen gardens. It is often available as a mini-tree on short stem.

Wintercreepers are excellent, low shrubs that not only withstand low temperatures to some -30°C but retain the foliage without any damage. They can be used as a nice groundcover or a climber if given a support. Just think twice when choosing the right variety to be used in a mixed border in order to complement the other plants with its colours. It can be grown in large outdoor containers and troughs.

Grow it in full sun or part shade, in medium fertile, slightly moist but well-drained soil. Fortune spindle can be pruned in the spring or clipped from spring until midsummer. Fully hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5), possibly a little more.

Last update 28-01-2011.

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