Variegated Boxleaf Euonymus

Euonymus japonicus 'Microphyllus Variegatus'

The handsome, formal appearance to this compact evergreen shrub creates a perfect low hedge that requires minimal trimming. Glossy green foliage with white variegation along margins provides wonderful contrast against dark green shrubs. Tolerates heat and poor, lean soils.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationyoo-ON-ih-mus juh-PON-ih-kus mi-kro-FIL-a var-i-e-GA-ta
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches only 1 to 2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasHere's a little hedge that brings light to dark gardens. Stands out boldly next to green lawns and works nicely as edging, hedges or small topiary forms. May also be used in shrub and perennial borders to create neutral fields of color that accentuate other foliage and flowers. Makes a perfect cover-up for the foundation of a wall draped with Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) and other purple-blue flowering vines.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Mediterranean
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Topiary, Woodland Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Compact Form, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsRhododendron (Rhododendron); Potentilla (Potentilla); Holly (Ilex); Spirea (Spiraea); Lilac (Syringa)

Easy 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 regularly to maintain shape as a topiary.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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