Evergreen bittersweet

Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'

Evergreen bittersweet - Euonymus fortunei  'Emerald Gaiety'

Common Name: Evergreen bittersweet
Genus: Euonymus
Species: fortunei
Cultivar: 'Emerald Gaiety'

Euonyme was the Mother of The Furies in Greek mythology.

Category: Groundcover Plants
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has interesting foliage, Provides winter colour
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.50 m (150 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Green
Foliage Colour: Green, Pink, WhiteFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Clusters of insignificant green flowers appear in May and June among small lustrous green leaves with white margins that are pink-tinged in winter. This popular bushy variegated evergreen shrub makes excellent ground-cover and is a mainstay of low-maintenance gardens but it also makes a good foil for more ornamental flowering shrubs. It is tough and will thrive in any well-drained border in sun or partial shade.

  • Garden care: Tip prune young plants in mid to late spring to encourage bushy growth and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Remove any plain green-leaved shoots as soon as they appear cutting them back to the original branch.
  • Goes well with: Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' Ceratostigma willmottianum Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' Sarcococca confusa Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' Geranium macrorrhizum 'Album'

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