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EUONYMUS japonicus 'Aureus'

Image of Euonymus japonicus 'Aureus'

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

EUONYMUS japonicus 'Aureus'

Plant Common Name

Gold Spot Japanese Spindletree, Japanese Euonymus

General Description

Popular in gardens since Victorian times, Japanese spindletree is a dense, oval to pyramidal, broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree native to eastern Asia. Selected for its lustrous, dark green, yellow-centered leaves and its relatively compact habit, the cultivar 'Aureus' looks great year-round. Small yellow vinegar-scented flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Like most Japanese spindletree cultivars, 'Aureus' rarely fruits.

This 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 screening, for coastal gardens, or as a specimen. Use it in containers in areas with severe winters. Remove shoots that revert to non-variegated growth. Older specimens can be pruned to expose their curved trunks and arching branches.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 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, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    4'-7' / 1.2m - 2.1m

  • Width

    3'-6' / 0.9m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, 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

    Yellow Green

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No