James H. Schutte
EUONYMUS fortunei 'Sarcoxie'
Plant Common Name
Sarcoxie Wintercreeper, Wintercreeper
One of the best known and most durable broadleaf evergreens, wintercreeper is a hardy groundcover or shrub from China. The cultivar 'Sarcoxie' is a vigorous upright shrub with oval glossy green leaves. Its stems climb readily via rootlike holdfasts. In late spring and early summer it bears clusters of insignificant greenish flowers, followed by pinkish-white fruits that open to reveal fleshy orange seeds. Birds eat and disseminate the seeds.
This shade-loving ornamental does well in most conditions except for damp soils. It is among the most drought-tolerant and insect-resistant wintercreeper cultivars. Use it in foundation plantings, mixed borders, or containers.
Wintercreeper is listed as an invasive exotic throughout much of the eastern United States and Canada.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 2
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9
2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m
3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m
Late Spring, Early Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter