Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n Gold'
This euonymus variety is one of several belonging to the Emerald Series - a very hardy, fast growing group of Euonymus fortunei ( Wintercreeper Euonymus ) cultivars. Emerald 'n Gold is a lower growing variety with a very tight, dense branching habit. Foliage is a very nice dark green that is margined in bright golden yellow. This nice yellow margin turns a pinkish burgundy color during winter months, giving the plant a very different, unique look. As with most all Wintercreeper Euonymus, Emerald 'n Gold will climb if planted next to just about any structure, fence, lattice work, etc. Does not climb as aggressively as many other Wintercreeper Euonymus, but some climbing will definitely occur if given the opportunity. Also works well to plant near retaining walls, or banks and allowed to drape over. A very nice, colorful plant that is very easy to grow - has many uses.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height :
2-3 ft ( up to 6 ft or so if allowed to climb )
--Mature Width :
--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6"-12" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 9 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun - will thrive quite well in mostly shaded locations too. Best color in sunny spots.
--Soil Preference :
Average to moist & fertile - well drained
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - nice small rounded leaves have a bright olive
green center with a bright golden yellow edging. Foliage grows on long runner
type branches and is quite sturdy, despite its smaller size
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
None to mention.
--Diseases / Insects :
The single biggest danger to Emerald-n-Gold Euonymus, and most any Euonymus fortunei variety, is by far Euonymus Scale (Unaspis euonymi). Regular inspection of plants is highly recommended.....as scale is
usually easily treated if caught in early stages. Other diseases that
have been seen, but not nearly as common, include: Anthracnose, crown
gall, leaf spots, powdery mildews, aphids, and thrips.
--Recommended Spacing :
2 ft apart recommended for typical groundcover applications
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.