Euonymus japonicus

Euonymus japonicus mediopictus
Euonymus japonicus mediopictus

A small to medium growing evergreen shrub Euonymus japonicus comes in a number of varieties with many of the variegated forms being sought after as garden plants.

The common name is the ‘Japanese Spindle Bush’ and they are used in the garden as fillers, low growing ground covers as well as background shrubs.

Very popular due to the hardy nature, drought and frost tolerant and growing well in poor soils.

The variegated forms including Euonymus japonicus ‘Mediopictus’, pictured right, add extra color to thee garden through the year.

Euonymus japonicus microphyllus variegatus

The upright forms are excellent as an alternative typeof low growing hedge or border plant.


General Care

  • Position in full sun to part shade
  • Frost tolerant and drought tolerant once established
  • Growing well in USDA Zones 6 – 9


Best carried out by tip pruning from a young age, although Euonymus japonicus does respond well to harder pruning if required. Best time to prune is in spring just after new growth has commenced.


  • Tom thumb – Very low growing to around 2ft
  • Silver king – Mid green leaves with a silvery to creamy white margin, fairly upright.
  • Green spire – A more upright cultivar that can be used as a narrow hedge.
  • Pierrolino – New growth is almost white before maturing to a deeoer green. Will reach around 2ft
  • Green rocket – Dark green and upright to around 4ft
  • Chollipo – Deep green leaves with deep yellow margins.
  • Kathy – Mid Olive green leaves with near white margins

Euonymus japonicus is available for sale from the following nurseries

Offering a wide selection of bulbs, perennials, grasses, herbs trees and shrubs.

CLASSY GROUNDCOVERS – fax: 443-773-5627.
PO Box 2556 city: Blairsville GA 30514