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Euonymus japonicus 'Aureomarginatus'

Phonetic Spelling
yoo-ON-ih-mus juh-PON-ih-kus
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Japanese euonymus is a dense, oval, evergreen shrub or small tree commonly used as a landscape plant. It can be found in forest or natural areas in mixed deciduous forests and low woodlands, but can become weedy in disturbed areas around houses and buildings. In its native Japan, it is often found on slopes, in thickets and woods, and especially near the sea. It is drought and moderately salt spray tolerant, and can withstand heavy pruning. 

The Japanese euonymus culltivar, 'Aureomarginatus', is a dense, bushy, rounded shrub with evergreen foliage and variegated leaves. This shrub is typically grown for the foliage as the flowers are insignificant. It is a smaller version of Japanese euonymus that will grow up to 10 feet tall with an 8 foot spread and is often used as a hedge, a specimen, in foundation plantings or even topiary. 'Aureomarginatus’ leaves are green variegated with yellow margins. Some of the foliage may revert to green, resulting in a shrub with a combination of yellow-margined leaves and solid green leaves.

The plant is in leaf year round and produces small, non-ornamental blossoms in spring and early summer. The seeds are considered probably poisonous, while the rest of the plant may be poisonous if ingested in large quantities. It tolerates full sun and heavy shade, but does best in sun-dappled conditions with some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. It is pH adaptable and salt tolerant. It will grow in most soils, including clay, but does not do well in wet conditions.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and other plant problems:

It is susceptible to euonymus scale and is frequently damaged by deer. Powdery mildew can be a problem, as can mites, leaf miners, aphids, mealybugs and crown gall. Additional diseases which may appear include witches’ broom, stem dieback, and fungal leaf spots. Plants can be susceptible to attacks by caterpillars and are often damaged during the flowering season

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See this plant in the following landscapes:
Walkway at the Park
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#showy leaves#variegated leaves#dappled shade#topiary#hedges#foundation planting#rounded#evergreen shrub#partial shade tolerant#dense growth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#full sun tolerant#showy leaves#variegated leaves#dappled shade#topiary#hedges#foundation planting#rounded#evergreen shrub#partial shade tolerant#dense growth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euonymus
    Species:
    japonicus
    Family:
    Celastraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Korea, Japan to Nansei-shoto
    Distribution:
    Naturalized in southern Europe.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought tolerant, slightly salt tolerant.
    Edibility:
    Toxic when ingested in large quantities.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    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
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Variegated forms have a tendency to revert to green. Fruit is a reddish, pink, ivory to yellow capsule, splitting and showing orange-red seeds. The 4-valved capsule is globose, pink, 1/3 of an inch long with white seeds. The pink fruits are capsules with red arils, mature in fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Greenish-white flowers in flat cymes in June. Small, 4-parted. Noted for its vinegary smell.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Variegated
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Smooth
    Waxy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Cuneate
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Variegated opposite, leathery, glossy leaves are up to 3 inches long and ovate to obovate in shape. Tips are rounded and base is tapered. May revert back to green
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stem has small dark glandular dot on each side petiole.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Naturalized Area
    Pool/Hardscape
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Pollution
    Poor Soil
    Salt
    Problems:
    Frequent Insect Problems
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, chills, coma, and convulsions when consumed in large quantities.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified, possibly a glycoside
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems