Euonymus fortunei var. radicans
- Common Name(s):
- Common wintercreeper, Euonymus, Wintercreeper
- Albo Marginatus , Aurea Marginatus , Coloratus , Emerald Beauty, Emerald Leader, Emerald Leader
- Groundcover, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Vines
Wintercreeper euonymus is a dense, woody-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen to semi-evergreen plant that comes in a variety of forms. It may appear as a trailing ground cover, a mounding shrub or a climbing vine. Anywhere the stems touch the ground this plant can root and it easily becomes weedy choking out native plants. If you choose to cultivate this plant be sure to keep it out of naturalized areas. There are variegated cultivars are available. It tolerates black walunt.
Wildlife Value: This plant is frequently damaged by deer.
Insects Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: It requires protection from winter sun and wind as cold winds can "burn" foliage. It is suseptible to euonymus scale. Anthracnose, crown gall, leaf spot, mildew and aphids can also be problems. Can spread invasively into lawns or adjacent garden areas or can climb adjacent structures.
This plant was formerly known as Euonymus fortunei.
- 5-15 ft.
- 1.5-2 in. shiny, leathery, opposite dark green leaves; distinctly serrate
- Insignificant 4-parted, greenish maroon; fruit a reddish, pink, ivory to yellow capsule splitting and showing orange-red seeds
- Sun to partial shade; range of soil types but requires adequate moisture.
- Fine to medium
- Low-growing, wide-spreading mound
- Sun to partial shade
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, chills, coma, and convulsions
- Toxic Principle:
- Unidentified, possibly a glycoside
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
- Found in:
- Forest or natural areas in mixed deciduous forests and low woodlands; weedy in disturbed areas around houses and buildings; land
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- Climbing Method:
- Aerial roots
NCCES plant id: 1549