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EUONYMUS japonicus 'Butterscotch'

Image of Euonymus japonicus 'Butterscotch'

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

EUONYMUS japonicus 'Butterscotch'

Plant Common Name

Butterscotch Japanese Euonymus, 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 dwarf rounded habit and its small bright yellow new leaves, the cultivar 'Butterscotch' looks great year-round. Mature leaves are yellow with green centers. Small yellow vinegar-scented flowers appear in late spring and early summer. Like most Japanese spindletree cultivars, 'Butterscotch' does not fruit.

This relatively cold-tender shrub tolerates a wide range of growing environments including clay and acid soils and salt spray. Dry shady conditions promote mildew. It is amenable to heavy pruning, although its compact size fits most spaces. It is also ideal for coastal gardens or as a specimen. 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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow, Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No