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Euonymus fortunei 'Moonshadow'

Euonymus fortunei 'Moonshadow'
January 1: a few leaves winter-scorched, but still very nice

Common name wintercreeper
Family celastraceae
Life cycle shrub (Z4-8)
Size 12"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Our favorite wintercreeper. Unlike our other varieties ('Emerald and Gold' and 'Emerald Gaiety'), which get a little rangy over time, this one stays low and compact, forming a ground-covering mat. The variegation is unusual and attractive - dark olive green blotched with a muted yellow. A few times I had to remove a branch that had reverted to all-green (see the center of the photo above), but for the most part it holds its variegation well. Very slow to grow from rooted divisions.

Euonymus fortunei 'Moonshadow'
Earliest March - one of the brightest spots in our side garden

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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