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EUONYMUS fortunei 'Variegatus'
Running Strawberry Bush, Variegated Wintercreeper
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One of the best known and most durable broadleaf evergreens, variegated wintercreeper is a hardy groundcover or shrub from China. The cultivar 'Variegatus' is a compact mounding shrub with dark green and cream-edged leaves that are red-tinged in winter. Its yellowish stems can climb via rootlike holdfasts. In late spring and early summer it bears clusters of insignificant greenish flowers, followed by pinkish 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. In colder climates it may suffer winter burn if exposed to bright sun and wind. Use it as a pleasing groundcover in foundation plantings, mixed borders, or containers. Remove any plain-leaved branches.
Wintercreeper is listed as an invasive exotic throughout much of the eastern United States and Canada. It is susceptible to euonymus scale.
9 - 2
5 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Ivory
White, Red, Orange, Pink, Rose
Green, Dark Green, Ivory
Dark Green, Pink, Ivory
Green, Brown, Ivory
Container, Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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