Euonymus x fortunei 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. Euonymus x fortunei 'Emerald Surprise' is a popular coloured form, with broad yellow 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).
Cultivar: Emerald Surprise
Plant type: Evergreen shrub
Flower colour: Green
Foliage colour: Golden variegation, Mid-green
Feature: Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: April to July
Flowering period: May to June
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