Euonymus japonicus ('Medio-pictus') 'AUREOPICTUS'

Euonymus japonicus ('Medio-pictus')
Euonymus japonicus ('Medio-pictus') 'AUREOPICTUS'
Japanese spindle
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green and yellow
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) 6b   (down to -21°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 green leaves, but most attractive are varieties with varigated foliage.

AureopictusJapanese spindle got. Others are Mediopictus, Aureus or even Luna. This shrub has very attractive leaves that are deep green with fat, yellow centres. They are ovate or elliptic, finely serrated, about 6 cm long and 3 cm wide. Another important feature is vivid yellow colour on young stems which adds brightness to this evergreen shrub. Thanks to this it will be perfect for brightening up shaded corners as well as in mixed borders next to other solid green plants.

The shrub is dense and grows medium fast. It benefits from pruning if you wish to keep it compact. Spindle responds very well to pruning even on older wood – it always re-sprouts reliably, just fertilize it after cutting into older wood. Cut off long lead and side branches to a size that will help you form a desired shape in future. Then trim or shear it again at the end of July on all sides to achieve a rich and dense plant. The denser foliage, the more resistant it gets against extreme winters.

Japanese spindles are quite soil tolerant. They will do well in almost any well-drained soil, preferably moist, but not wet. Grow them on any location from full sun to deep shade but beware that plants with variegated foliage may suffer from winter and early spring morning sun. If you can find them a spot with winter shade and basically any portion of summer sunlight you may get in your garden. The species with green leaves does not mind winter sun so much. Even if leaves are sunburnt in winter don't worry, the plant will make a lot of new ones in spring. Protect them from extreme winds. If grown in containers overwinter them in a frost-free location with enough light. Experience hardiness to -21°C (USDA zone 6b).

Last update 03-01-2009

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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