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Euonymus japonicus Aureus

Japanese Spindle

Beautiful variegated foliage

A variegated shrub that can be used as a colourful hedge. The glossy green leaves are edged with splashes of gold.


It is happy in full sun or partial shade. It enjoys coastal gardens and looks superb when shaped into a low hedge.


It likes any well-drained soil, and can deal with dry conditions very well. Once established requires little attention.

These popular hardy shrubs are native to Japan, Korea and China with lots of hybrids now in cultivation around the world.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 120 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous All parts highly toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Patio container, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September