Euonymus japonicus 'Ovatus Aureus'
Evergreen shrub with large, glossy, oval shaped leaves that are dark forest green and broadly edged in bright golden yellow. Fast grower - good for use as a colorful hedge, or as a brilliant accent plant. Can handle a wide variety of conditions. Will even do well in coastal areas, but prefers full sun with average moisture. Some branches and leaves are solid yellow with no green whatsoever, making this plant a real standout. Can be maintained at virtually any height, shape, or size with pruning/trimming. Brilliant colors, and easy to grow.
Occasional reversion ( solid green ) branches have been noted in some older specimens, and can simply be removed through pruning if desired.
Plant Facts & Specifications--Mature Height :
up to 8 ft
--Mature Width :
4 - 6 ft
--Growth Rate :
Moderate to fast ( 8" - 14" 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 full sun locations though.
--Soil Preference :
Average to moist & fertile - well drained. Can adapt to a wide range of soil types - avoid wet, swampy conditions
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen broadleaf - medium to large sized rounded leaves with a heavier texture, and a thick pliable stem. Color is a beautiful emerald green color splashed & margined with a super bright butter yellow color. Color is best in full sun, and lasts consistently all year long!
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flower - very, very small inconspicuous blooms usually appear in mid spring.......but definitely nothing to write home about. This plant is kept for the color & foliage traits, and NOT for any type of flower or bloom.
--Diseases / Insects :
The single biggest danger to Golden Euonymus, and most any Euonymus variety, is by far Euonymus Scale. 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 :
Spacing would vary greatly depending upon the use / purpose intended.
--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.