Magnify glass

Euonymus Fortunei Harlequin


Unusual mottled green and white leaves tinged pink in winter

This beautiful compact shrub has unusual mottled white and green foliage, speckled by splashes of pink in winter. Low-growing and evergreen it can be planted as a specimen or used as a hedge.


Harlequin prefers full sunlight, to partial shade, but may get burnt if over-exposed to bright sunlight.


It is ideal for patios, low hedging, container plantings, and coastal cottages, and takes well to the soil that is fertile, moist yet well drained like other Euonymus varieties.

Spindle ‘Harlequin’ is a slow growing shrub, low on maintenance, and adds brightness to a dark area with its winter colours.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering June - July
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September