• Overview
    Light Needs:
    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.
    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.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    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 PlantsPair with other Asian natives like Peony, Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Azalea and Rose of Sharon. Variegated foliage contrasts nicely with the purple foliage of Barberry, Smoke Tree and Weigela.
  • Care
    Care Information
    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 after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    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.