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Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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Plant details

This is one of the most versatile and least demanding evergreen shrubs, happy in full sun or fairly deep shade and in dry soils. There are many varieties of this plant, both green and variegated, all worth growing. 'Emerald Gaiety' is a popular coloured form, with irregular white leaf margins and conspicuous pink tints during winter. It makes an excellent specimen shrub, formal hedge and climber on walls. Cut back by one-third the first spring after planting to encourage bushy growth, and remove any plain green reverted stems whenever seen. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Celastraceae

Genus: Euonymus

Species: fortunei

Cultivar: Emerald Gaiety

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Flowering period: May to June

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