Euonymus japonicus 'COMPACTUS'

Euonymus japonicus
Euonymus japonicus 'COMPACTUS'
Japanese spindle
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun to shade
SOIL TYPE acidic (peaty) to neutral
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°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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Japanese spindles are evergreen shrubs, or small trees with grafted crowns on short stems. They are very popular in southern countries and where winters are mild. The species has oval to ovate, deep green, glossy leaves that are densely clustered along the stems while cultivars vary with shapes and foliage colour.

Compactus is a special, recently introduced selection of Japanese spindle which has already been added to the list of accepted varieties. It forms a compact, profusely stemmed shrub with evergreen, broadly elliptic, partly glossy leaves that emerge bright green in mid spring and mature to only a tone deeper green in summer. It exhibits a neatly compact shape without pruning. Thanks to its habit it is more cold tolerant because the framework of dense branching does not let cold air inside the shrub which more easily keeps its microclimate.

Pruning is not needed, however, you can trim or shape the plant in any way from early spring till midsummer. Japanese spindles are quite soil tolerant. They will do well in almost any well-drained soil, preferably moist, but not wet. Acid soil will assure deeper shade of green leaves. Grow them on any location from full sun to deep shade. This variety is quite hardy but yet we recommend growing it away from cutting winds. Hardy to abt. -23°C (USDA zone 6b).

Last update 22-02-2012

Euonymus japonicus
Euonymus japonicus
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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