• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Euonymus japonicus 'Ovatus Aureus' (v)

spindle 'Ovatus Aureus'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
spindle 'Ovatus Aureus'

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  • Other common names spindle 'Ovatus Aureus'

  • Synonyms Euonymus japonicus 'Aureovariegatus'
    Euonymus japonicus 'Marieke'

  • Family Celastraceae

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

  • Details 'Ovatus Aureus' is a bushy medium-sized evergreen shrub with oval leaves, bright golden-yellow when young, later yellow-green with a broad yellow margin; seldom produces flowers and fruits, but when it does the flowers are small and greenish in colour and the fruits are pink

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Ground Cover Hedging & Screens Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 8

Pests May be attacked by caterpillars, scale insects, foliage may be damaged by adult vine weevil

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildews and a leaf spot

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