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EUONYMUS kiautschovicus

Image of Euonymus kiautschovicus

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Celastraceae

Botanical Name

EUONYMUS kiautschovicus

Plant Common Name

Creeping Strawberry Bush, Spreading Euonymus

General Description

This underused large semi-evergreen shrub is a vigorous tough plant for the landscape. It is an adaptable shrub that's found in a wide range of habitats across its country of origin, China.

The glossy leaves are oblong, deep green and densely cover the broad rounded shrubs. In summer many clusters of small creamy green flowers appear, which develop into pink fruits that open to show bright orange arils in fall.

Provide spreading euonymus a sunny location with well-drained average soil. Prune as needed to keep plants from becoming rangy. The winter foliage may suffer burn from harsh cold, wind and sun. This shrub is ideal for hedges or foundations and offers a solid green backdrop for colorful seasonal flowers.

There are several cultivars in the trade to include the hardy, evergreen 'Manhattan', which has a neat rounded form, and the pretty compact 'Jewel.'

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Pink, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Corky

  • Usage

    Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes