• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall in 10 yrs; 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide with age.
    Key Feature:
    Colorful Low Hedge
    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:Reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall in 10 yrs; 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide with age.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Green
    Design IdeasThis hardy shrub is a cool mint color that is excellent for hot climates even though it is quite cold hardy. The fine texture and size of the plant makes for good hedges or screens. May grow into a natural orb or can be sheared into a formal hedge or simple topiary forms. Take advantage of its unique minty character and don't challenge it with hot-colored plants and flowers.
    Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Weigela (Weigela); Barberry (Berberis); Dogwood (Cornus); Rose (Rosa)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Adaptable and easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. Avoid poorly-drained, soggy soils. Takes shade, particularly in hot climates. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Fertilize in early spring. Prune annually to shape.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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Creating a Color Pop Window Box (0:35)
A little color goes a long way. This next level window box design pops with color thanks to our evergreen shrubs...
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