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Care of the plant Euonymus fortunei or Fortune's spindle.

Care of the plant Euonymus fortunei or Fortune's spindle

The genus Euonymus, family Celastraceae, includes 130 species of evergreen or deciduous trees and shrubs, native to China, Japan, North America, the Caucasus, and Australia. Some species are: Euonymus fortunei, Euonymus atropurpureus, Euonymus alata, Euonymus europaeus, Euonymus japonicus, Euonymus oxyphyllus, Euonymus planipes, Euonymus americanus, Euonymus radicans, Euonymus wilsonii.

Common names: Fortune's spindle, Spindle, Winter creeper, Wintercreeper. This species is native to east Asia.

They are short shrubs that reach 1 meter in height. They have pretty green leaves with cream-colored edges; variegated cultivars exist. They produce small greenish-yellow flowers. The fruits are quite decorative reddish capsules.

They are used to form low hedges, bushy groups and to upholster walls.

They are hardy plants that can grow in full sun, semi-shade or shade exposures. They resist frost.

They can be grown in any type of soil; a normal garden substrate is sufficient.

Water moderately throughout the year, slightly increasing watering if it's very hot.

They tolerate pruning very well to give them varied shapes.

The worst enemy of these shrubs is powdery mildew if there is excess watering.

They propagate from cuttings in the fall or spring.

Images of the plant Euonymus fortunei or Fortune's spindle

Euonymus fortunei
Euonymus fortunei
Euonymus fortunei var. radicans
Euonymus fortunei var. radicans
Euonymus fortunei var. radicans
Euonymus fortunei var. radicans
 

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