Emerald Gaiety Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’)
Emerald Gaiety Euonymus
Gone are the days of single-colored evergreen shrubs! Sometimes known as Wintercreeper, Emerald Gaiety Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’) is the perfect accent to the colorful perennials already decorating your garden!
One look at this shrub is all it takes to see why it’s a winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit, given by the Royal Horticultural Society! The center of each leaf is a deep, dark green surrounded by white edges.
These leaves are stunning all year long but as winter approaches, they put on a special show and take on a lovely pink tinge. They’re just getting ready for the most festive time of year!
Emerald Gaiety, which is native to China, Japan, and Korea, will grow densely into an erect mound. They become a showy work of art!
Those glossy green leaves can be the backdrop for petite white flowers in the summer, but quite honestly the foliage is the main attraction of this specimen!
There are so many ways to incorporate this vivacious little shrub into your garden or landscape. You could plant one or two in your perennial garden. The variegated greens on Emerald Gaiety’s leaves make wonderful accents to the bold colors of roses and peonies it may grow near.
Try adding a few to the sides of your house and take your foundation plantings to the next level! Take a rather dull looking fence segment and transform it into an eye-catching patio backdrop with just one Emerald Gaiety planted at its base.
These also work fantastic planted on inclines. Not only will it look beautiful, it’ll also help with erosion control!
Emerald Gaiety Euonymus is really quite easy to care for. They don’t ask for much and aren’t picky about when they like to be pruned.
Simply plant them in full sun and some well drained soil. Yes! Emerald Gaiety care is that simple! In fact, this shrub will even tolerate partial shade!
You can prune your Emerald Gaiety shrub back whenever you’d like and to whatever shape suits you best. It’ll grow back better than ever. It’s the epitome of low maintenance!
Adding a layer of mulch at the base helps keep moisture levels even. It seems the only thing that really upsets Emerald Gaiety is having wet feet in soggy soil!
Adding this easy to grow shrub to your garden is a great way to add texture and character! Whether you choose to let it grow naturally across the ground or test your skills as a gardener and train it up a wall, Emerald Gaiety Euonymus is the shrub for you!
|Common name||Emerald Gaiety Euonymus|
|Botanical name||Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'|
|Height||2 - 4 ft.|
|Width||3 - 4 ft.|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Early Spring|