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Purpleleaf Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata'

Previously known as:

  • Euonymus fortunei var. colorata
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Purpleleaf Winter Creeper is an evergreen ground cover that will also climb vertical surfaces from trellises to trees. It is a vigorous grower and spreads by rooting along the ground. It is considered invasive in states surrounding NC. 

Purpleleaf Winter Creeper is found in deciduous forests and low woodlands and is weedy in disturbed areas around houses and buildings. It tolerates a wide range of soil types, drought, and sun to a good bit of shade. 

Problems: Euonymus scale can be a problem. Also aphids, mildew and leaf spot. Browsed by deer.

 

 

 

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#fall color#poisonous#partial shade#weedy#spreading#dense#banks#vine#groundcover
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#fall color#poisonous#partial shade#weedy#spreading#dense#banks#vine#groundcover
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euonymus
    Species:
    fortunei
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Asia
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 9 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Poisonous
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Dense
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a reddish, pink, ivory to yellow capsule splitting and showing orange-red seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Small insignificant greenish flowers with 4 petals in spring. Usually sparse in number if at all.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1-2 in. glossy green leaves with red-purple fall color
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Riparian
    Rock Wall
    Slope/Bank
    Vertical Spaces
    Walkways
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Drought
    Poor Soil
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, chills, coma, and convulsions only if eaten in large quantities
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified, possibly a glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems