About Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’
This low maintenance evergreen plant is called Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’. While considered a bush, this low-spreading variety is also popular for its use as a durable groundcover. Its average landscape size reaches 2′ by 8′ and is densely packed with deep green, saw-toothed edged leaves. As the cooler winter months approach the color of the leaves turn from emerald green to a rich plum, much like the common name describes. The Purpleleaf Wintercreeper is considered quite hardy that even the most novice landscaper can keep it alive.
Plant Purpleleaf Wintercreeper in an area with partial to full sun exposure. Use average, well-draining soil and water regularly to establish a healthy root system. Then, reduce frequency except during periods of extreme heat. Be careful not to overwater as this bush does not tolerate soggy soil. Use a general fertilizer in the early spring and prune for shape, if desired, after spring flowering.
This durable groundcover works well mass planted on the side of a hill and can protect against land erosion. If planting the Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’ as a groundcover, plant at least 5′ apart to allow for growth. The Purpleleaf Wintercreeper can climb like an ivy and looks great planted to cover a wall or fence.
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