• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing 6 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide in natural form.
    Key Feature:
    Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:u-ON-i-mus ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 20
    Growth habit:Narrow
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing 6 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide in natural form.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Flower color:Green
    Design IdeasAn excellent light colored background to show off plants of unique color and form. A nice addition to an Asian inspired garden. Ideal contrast when intermixed with solid color evergreen hedges, cones and espalier. Makes a super espalier and can be purchased in pre-sheared topiary forms for containers or for European inspired formal evergreen gardens.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Barberry (Berberis); Dogwood (Cornus); Rose (Rosa); Weigela (Weigela)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Takes some shade, particularly in hot climates. For a neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Prune regularly to maintain topiary forms.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Euonymus is native to Eastern Asia including the Himalayas, but can be found in Europe, Australia, North America and Madagascar. E. japonica is native to Japan, Korea and China. The berries are a valuable food source to birds, but all parts of this plant are poisonous to humans. Euonymus is commonly called Japanese spindle due to the use of its hardwood in making spindles for spinning wool.