A useful small shrub or wall plant that is reliable, colourful and evergreen.
In winter the smart evergreen foliage of this old favourite comes to the fore. Its grey-green leaves with unique white edging develop tinges of pink as the weather gets colder, and this is what distinguishes this Euonymus from the others. Fuss free and easy to grow this variety of Spindle is a mainstay of many low maintenance planting schemes and it is easy to see why. 'Emerald Gaiety' has a creeper-like tendency, but not in an invasive way - it's happy growing up a wall or fence but can also be grown as a shrub or loosely clipped into topiary balls. Looks fantastic teamed with red-stemmed dogwoods (Cornus) and willows (Salix).
This chic little shrub works hard and looks great all year round. It's also undemanding in terms of site and maintenance.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 1.5m (Mature age: 5 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green, Silver
Flower Colour: Green
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: All parts highly toxic if eaten.
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well Drained, Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Hedging & Screening, Low Maintenance Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): June - August
Euonymus fortunei is a versatile plant, which can provide a very good ground cover, as well as growing up walls where it is ideal if you want something that won't get too big. Grows well in sunlight or partial shade and is particularly useful for growing along cold east-facing walls and fences. 'Emerald Gaiety' prefers well drained soil, and is particularly drought resistant as well as salt resistant once established.
After planting, water regularly until the roots have anchored in the soil, then water it occasionally throughout the first summer season, after which it is pretty self sufficient. If planted in shade it will rarely require watering. When planting in containers, use a loam based compost such as John Innes No3 and water whenever the soil looks dry. Cut back growth in mid spring if needed.