• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 to 3½ ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:u-ON-i-mus for-TU-ne-i
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 17
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 3 to 3½ ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Green
    Design IdeasBroadleaf evergreens with such bright color are perfect for injecting the illusion of sunlight into shaded places. This rugged plant also makes a bright hedge next to green lawn or between driveways. Take advantage of the color by contrasting with green and bronze; shy away from yellow flowers.
    Companion PlantsJuniper (Juniperus); Weigela (Weigela); Spirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Boxwood (Buxus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Adaptable and easy to grow in average, well-drained soils; avoid poorly drained, soggy soils. Benefits from afternoon shade in hot climates. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Feed in early spring. Prune annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.