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Euonymus japonicus

Genus: Euonymus.

Species: Euonymus japonicus.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Aureovariegatus’ (Japanese spindle ‘Microphyllus Aureovariegatus’).

SIZE/TYPE: low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT: 0.3-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH: 0.3-0.8m
LEAVES: evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES: varigated yellow and green
FLOWERS: insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION: full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest): 6 (down to -23°C)

Microphyllus Aureovariegatus is a Japanese spindle variety with small, golden-yellow variegated leaves. They are elliptic and small, only about 3 cm long. They have mostly golden-yellow colour with small green centres. Leaves inside the bush tend to show less yellow and more green.

The shrub grows slowly and very dense, it is supposed to be a dwarf plant in your climate (zone 6). It needs no pruning but can take it: in spring for re-juvenating, in July for shaping.

Japanese spindles are quite soil tolerant. They will do well in almost any well-drained soil, preferably moist, but not wet. Grow them on any location from full sun to deep shade but beware that plants with variegated foliage may suffer from winter and early spring morning sun. If you can find them a spot with winter shade and basically any portion of summer sunlight you may get in your garden. The species with green leaves does not mind winter sun so much. Even if leaves are sunburnt in winter don't worry, the plant will make a lot of new ones in spring. Protect them from extreme winds. If grown in containers overwinter them in a frost-free location with enough light. Hardy to -24°C (USDA zone 6).


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