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Euonymus japonicus Gold Queen

Japanese spindle

Stunning foliage colour all year round

This Japanese spindle is a colourful, compact, variegated evergreen shrub.  The oval, glossy, gently waved leaves are rich gold in the centre, dark green around the margin, creating a bright, eye-catching effect. Upright and bushy in habit, growing to 90cm (3ft), ‘Gold Queen’ is ideal for small, low-maintenance gardens and container gardening. Use it to add structure and year round colour to beds and borders.


Plant in sun or semi-shade in beds and borders or containers. It is ideal for both town and seaside gardens.


Any well-drained soil; thrives on chalk and clay. No pruning required, except to control shape and height. Cut out any plain green shoots that appear. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - 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
Medicinal No
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 March to September