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PlantFiles: Wintercreeper Euonymus
Euonymus fortunei 'Kewensis'

Family: Celastraceae
Genus: Euonymus (yoo-ON-ih-mus) (Info)
Species: fortunei (for-TOO-nee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Kewensis

Synonym:Euonymus fortunei var. radicans
Synonym:Euonymus radicans
Synonym:Euonymus japonicus var. acutus
Synonym:Euonymus japonicus var. chinensis
Synonym:Euonymus japonicus var. radicans

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Vines and Climbers

under 6 in. (15 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Mar 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Like all cultivars of this species, it frequently sports to other forms. These forms need to be cut out when they appear, as they can outcompete the original cultivar.

I gave up planting this species before I realized its invasive potential, because I see so many plantings infested and disfigured or even killed by euonymus scale.

Once established, this species can be very difficult to get rid of. It's resistant to most herbicides, and regrows from small pieces of root.

It is naturalized in most of the eastern and central states. The US Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, and other organizations concerned with the preservation of natural areas in North America all have expressed concern about the invasive impact of this species on our environment.

It appears to be most destructive in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and neighboring states.

In Massachusetts, I often find seedlings when weeding properties where it isn't cultivated. Birds distribute the seeds widely. Cutting back climbing stems will temporarily reduce seeding.

Negative deldesign On Aug 20, 2012, deldesign from Kansas City, MO wrote:

Euonymus fortunei is taking over all the parks around me. 'Kewensis' scares me because the leaves are so small. If it "escapes" into the woods it will be next to impossible to control. If you must own Wintercreeper, please keep it contained inside edging, and NEVER let it grow up trees or structures. That's when it makes seeds for the birds to poop in our parks.

Positive vossner On Nov 10, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very pretty groundcover, it looks A LOT like asian jasmine, with slightly smaller leaves. Mine almost died in full sun, so I have moved it to a shady location. I might use it as filler in a hanging basket.

UPDATE 2/13. Must have died quickly as I completely forgot I ever grew it. If I see it I might use it as a filler in a hanging basket but this is very low on my shopping list.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Champaign, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Tonawanda, New York
Flat Rock, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Rolesville, North Carolina
Chesterland, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Willoughby, Ohio
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Richmond, Texas

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