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Purpleleaf Wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'

SKU
03370
Ivy-like growth makes this an outstanding evergreen groundcover or low, spreading shrub. Deep green foliage turns a beautiful, rich plum color during the cool season. Tolerates some shade, particularly in hot climates. Will climb nearby structures or walls.
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Botanical Pronunciationyoo-ON-ih-mus for-TU-ne-i ko-lo-RAH-ta
Average Size at MaturityModerate, wide-spreading to 2 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThis is perhaps the most cold-hardy and durable groundcovers and one of the few that offers an autumn show. May double as a vine climbing up fences and screens. Also offers great erosion control on slopes and banks, plus it spills off raised planters and retaining walls like molten lava.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth Habit10
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer palmatum); Vinca (Vinca); Hosta (Hosta); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Pachysandra (Pachysandra); Foam Flower (Tiarella)

Adaptable and easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. Avoid poorly drained, soggy soils. Space 5 ft. apart as groundcover; closer for faster fill. 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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