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EUONYMUS japonicus 'Aureo-marginatus'

Image of Euonymus japonicus 'Aureo-marginatus'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

EUONYMUS japonicus 'Aureo-marginatus'

Plant Common Name

Japanese Euonymus, Variegated Japanese Spindletree

General Description

Japanese spindle tree is a medium to large, dense, broadleaf evergreen shrub native to eastern Asia. The cultivar 'Aureo-marginatus' features oval-shaped, leathery, deep-green leaves, generously edged in yellow. Small yellow vinegar-scented flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Like most Japanese spindletree cultivars, 'Aureo-marginatus' rarely if ever fruits.

This relatively cold-tender shrub tolerates a wide range of growing environments including clay and acid soils, full sun to full shade, and salt spray. Dry shady conditions promote mildew. It is amenable to heavy pruning and can be easily shaped for hedges and foundation plantings. It is also ideal for for coastal plantings or as a specimen or accent. Use it in containers in areas with severe winters.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    6 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m (5)

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m (4)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Lemon Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green, Lemon Yellow, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No