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Radicans Wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei 'Radicans'

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Radicans Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Radicans') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Euonymus fortunei 'Radicans' foliage

Euonymus fortunei 'Radicans' foliage

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Wintercreeper Euonymus

Description:

A trailing and climbing mounded shrub with rich green evergreen foliage; very versatile in the garden as it can be trained to climb, spread, sprawl or mound depending on the application; often produces showy fruit in fall

Ornamental Features

Radicans Wintercreeper is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. It features abundant showy pink capsules from mid to late fall. It has dark green foliage. The glossy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Radicans Wintercreeper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Radicans Wintercreeper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Radicans Wintercreeper will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Fruit  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features