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Climber Wall ShrubShrubs

Euonymus fortunei

winter creeper

A trailing bushy evergreen shrub, but climbing if planted against a wall. Leaves are elliptic and rounded dark green, with distinctive veining. Small green flowers are rarely seen as they only flower and fruit on mature growth

Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green Pink Orange
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Celastraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing, Climbing
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Euonymus can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees, often with fine autumn colour, and small flowers followed by colourful fruits

Name status

Correct

Plant range
China, Japan, Korea

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings and layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Climber and wall shrubs
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be susceptible to caterpillars, scale insects and vine weevil damage on the foliage

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews and a leaf spot

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