Wintercreeper Euonymus 'Emerald Gaiety'

Euonymus fortunei

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




Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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




Provides winter interest

Other details:

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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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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

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Gilbert, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Nashville, Tennessee

Livingston, Texas

Wytheville, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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 ... read more


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?


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".


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!


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.