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EUONYMUS fortunei 'Tricolor'

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Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

EUONYMUS fortunei 'Tricolor'

Plant Common Name

Tricolor Wintercreeper, Wintercreeper

General Description

Tricolor wintercreeper is a low growing evergreen shrub with a compact rounded habit. It originates from China and is grown for its attractive glossy variegated leaves. These are dark green with variable white and cream markings and turn pink hues in the fall and winter.

This shade-loving ornamental is tolerant of a wide range of soils and soil conditions. In colder climates it may suffer from winter burn if exposed to too much light and wind. It is a vigorous plant that is well suited to foundation plantings and mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m (2)

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m (4)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green

  • Fruit Color

    White, Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Dark Green, Pink, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No