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PlantFiles: Wintercreeper Euonymus
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'

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

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Vines and Climbers

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

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.

Neutral amacf On Jun 26, 2011, amacf from Hightstown, NJ wrote:

Question: Which variety grows as a vine? What are its characteristics? What does it look like in Zone 6 (Central NJ) in wintertime?

Positive Sundownr On Apr 30, 2008, Sundownr from (Bev) Wytheville, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The wintercreeper, Euonymus, I have now is a healthy fellow, slow growing ground creeper and doesn't get very high at all, maybe 4" - 6".

The other one I had, at another home, was more of an upright shrub and grew more vertically to about 18" - 24", with a spread of about 36".

Positive katsu On Apr 29, 2007, katsu from Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

We have a couple of these on the North side of our house near the foundation. It's very dry full shade. These Euonymus do pretty well there, have lived for at least 8 years with no attention, and the variegated foliage really lights up the area.

They are not as plump and lush looking as the photos here, of course!

Positive kdjoergensen On Apr 26, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very susceptible to euonymus scale, but if you can get past that, it is an extremely hardy and very easily propagated shrub. In a few years it spreads nicely and is really handsome. I love the variegated foliage of "Emerald Gaiety". A favorite.


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

Sorrento, British Columbia
San Leandro, California
Clifton, Colorado
Winterville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Portland, Indiana
Alfred, Maine
Dracut, Massachusetts
Rowley, Massachusetts
West Newton, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Novi, Michigan
Williamsburg, Michigan
Pacific, Missouri
Nashua, New Hampshire
South Plainfield, New Jersey
New Hyde Park, New York
Slingerlands, New York
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Orient, Ohio
Dallas, Oregon
Gilbert, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
Livingston, Texas
Wytheville, Virginia
Seattle, Washington

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