Sunny Delight® Boxleaf Euonymus
Sunny Delight® Boxleaf Euonymus
Euonymus japonicus var. microphyllus 'Moncliff'Item #3512 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
This 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, green-leaved shrubs for dramatic contrast. Brightens perennial beds and pathways. Perfect as a minimal care, low hedge. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches only 2 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:u-ON-i-mus ja-PON-i-ka mi-kro-FIL-aPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:4 - 20Growth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches only 2 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Compact Form, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Road Salt, Year-round InterestFoliage color:VariegatedBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:GreenDesign IdeasAn 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.Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Holly (Ilex); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- CareCare InformationEasy to grow in average, well-drained soils. Best with full sun in humid climates and afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Fertilize in early spring. Prune in late winter to shape.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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.