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Euonymus Moonshadow

Euonymus fortunei 'Moonshadow'

Overall Description

This Euonymus variety is a form of Wintercreeper Euonymus. Low-growing shrub with beautiful foliage. Nice, dense, compact growth with a moderate to fast growth rate. Works well as a low border plant, as well as for planting up against retaining walls, exteriors of buildings, etc. Can even be used effectively as a low-growing groundcover. Foliage consists of a deep emerald green leaf marked in the center with golden yellow. Foliage takes on a slightly pinkish, purple, or maroon tone in colder temperatures/winter months, which helps provide some seasonal interest during the winter months. Colour dissipated with the onset of warmer climate conditions in spring. Easy to grow & care for - and very versatile plant.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height: 1 - 2 ft

--Mature Width : 3 - 6 ft

--Growth Rate:
 Moderate ( 4" - 10" avg per year )

--Hardiness Zones:
 5 - 9

--Sun Exposure:
 Full sun to part shade to shade 

--Soil Preference:
 acidic - well-drained soil 
Avoid wet or swampy conditions

--Foliage Color & Texture: Evergreen broadleaf - medium to large-sized rounded leaves with a heavier texture, and a thick pliable stem. The Colour is a beautiful emerald green colour with a creamy yellow center. Colour is best in full sun, and lasts consistently all year long! Most plants will display a winter coloration, which has shades of purple, maroon, or even orangish red on the backs of each leaf, as well as a little on the front.

--Diseases / Insects: The single biggest danger to Moonshadow Euonymus, and most any Euonymus variety, is by far Euonymus Scale. Regular inspection of plants is highly the scale is usually easily treated if caught in the early stages. Other diseases that have been seen, but not nearly as common, include Anthracnose, crown gall, leaf spots, powdery mildew, aphids, and thrips.

--Recommended Spacing: Spacing would vary greatly depending upon the use/purpose intended For most plantings, such as groundcover use, spacing of about 2 feet apart works well.