Wintercreeper euonymus (Euonymus fortunei) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub in the Celastraceae family. A native of east Asia, wintercreeper features small variegated leaves that are rich, lustrous green and edged in yellow or white, perfect for adding unique texture and interest to any garden.
Hardy in USDA zones 4 to 9, one of the main benefits of planting wintercreeper is that it is easy to grow and maintain. The most robust of any evergreen climber, wintercreeper euonymus requires little care aside from pruning to maintain the shape you desire. Trimming the top will encourage lateral spread that will form a lush blanket of foliage and is perfect for hard-to-maintain slopes or bare patches in your yard. The dense growth also deters weeds, reducing landscape maintenance chores. In addition, you can train the stems to climb a trellis or chain-link fence to create a privacy screen or improve the look of a bare brick or stone wall.
Wintercreeper euonymus is excellent as a stand-alone shrub, for hedges, as a groundcover, as a foundation plant, for edging, or as a climbing plant for trellises or walls. The versatility of the wintercreeper, along with its year-round foliage, make it an ideal choice for a wide variety of landscape applications.
In late spring, winter creeper blooms with small, pleasing clusters of light green flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies find attractive. Wintercreeper euonymus survives without protection during winter and can tolerate poor growing conditions such as droughts, low sun exposure, or bad soil. Wintercreeper thrives in containers, making it ideal for urban or rural settings.
Plant wintercreeper euonymus in the spring or early fall, but summer planting is possible if it receives enough water to establish a healthy root system. Expect winter creeper to grow 13 to 24 inches yearly, with the mature plant reaching upwards of 60 feet in length if left to spread or climb.
Adding wintercreeper euonymus to your landscape design provides a stunning swath of color every season of the year. Wintercreeper is best to buy at low prices offered by online sellers, who provide fast shipping and ship nationwide, so you can receive healthy, quality plants that are garden-ready.