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Euonymus kiautschovicus

Spreading Euonymus
Celastraceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen, Decorative fruit or berries

EUONYMUS

Deciduous and evergreen euonymus species are distinct: the characteristic squarish “hatbox” fruit common to both offers the only hint that they’re related. Deciduous types are valued for fall leaf color or showy fruit. Evergreen sorts, used mainly for landscape structure (background and foundation plants, hedges, dividers), include some of the most cold-tolerant broad-leafed plants.

Most species take a range of exposures, from full sun to fairly deep shade; deciduous kinds with fall color give the best display in a sunny location. Some species are very susceptible to mildew. Scale can be a problem on any euonymus.

Euonymus kiautschovicus

From China. Grows to 8 ft. tall and as wide or wider, with some low branches trailing on the ground and rooting. Fully evergreen in mild-winter climates and nearly so in harsh winters where there’s no snow cover. May lose leaves or suffer leaf damage at around 0°F/–18°C.

Glossy dark green, rather thin-textured leaves. Profuse tiny, greenish cream flowers are followed by pink to reddish fruits with red seeds. 

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