Handsome, compact shrub adds a formal appearance and striking color to shrub borders. Dark green leaves are narrowly edged in yellow. Plant in front of larger shrubs for dramatic contrast. Brightens perennial beds and pathways. Perfect as a low hedge needing minimal trimming. Evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Pruning time: spring.
An excellent golden hedge plant for edging high profile planting areas. Use along the lawn in foundation planters to create definition either sheared or left natural. Perfectly sized to flesh out barren areas in front of old shrubs with bare legs. Add to shrub borders for year around golden balls of light that add color to all green compositions. Use in small groups in naturalistic plantings or in the Japanese style to nestle rocks and boulders or around the trunks of larger trees. Habit works well in modern landscapes for reoccurring elements in a sparse ground plain. Plant in beautiful pots in pairs to flank steps and entries, or use more to encircle the base of garden art or fountain.
A pert little golden beauty is exceptional with perennials such as Abbey Road Masterwort, (Astrantia major 'Abbey Road'), Color Flash Lime Astilbe, (Astilbe x arendii 'Beauty of Lisse'), Farmington Michaelmass Daisy, (Aster novi-belgii 'Baldco'), Orange Meadowbrite Coneflower, (Echinacea 'Art's Pride') and Blue Storm Lily of the Nile, (Agapathus praecox orientalis 'ATIBlu').
While some species of Euonymus were well known natives in Europe, these colorful species descended from E. Japonica, first identified by Von Siebold in Japan. There plants were known as Iso Curoggi or black shore-tree. Early examples became first class breeding plants in England where the cold hardy evergreen was much in demand for its unique foliage hues. The foliage of this form suggests the subspecies microphyllas were largely a part of its ancestry. This example was developed and introduced by Monrovia Nursery Co. in 2001.
Euonymous earned the common name "spindle tree" for its unique stems and branching patterns which combined with flexibility became vital for spindle making in European cottage textile industries.