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Euonymus wilsonii

Chinese euonymus

A large, evergreen shrub with a relaxed sprawling habit. The leaves are lance-shaped and dark green in colour. Brilliant yellowy green flowers are followed by yellow capsules, which are uniquely covered in spikes and resemble little yellow hedgehogs dangling in the breeze

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained, Moist but well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green Green
Summer Green Yellow
Autumn Green Yellow
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Celastraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested. Wear gloves and wash hands after 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
W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

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

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews

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