Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Wintercreeper Euonymus

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Vine
  • Scientific Name: Euonymus fortunei Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Euonymus
  • Related Cultivars:

    Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata'
    Euonymus fortunei 'Sarcoxie'
    Euonymus fortunei 'Vegetus'

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 6"
  • Habit: Aerial Roots
  • Culture:

    Very adaptable. Partial shade to shade. Requires a protected site away from winter wind and sun. Can climb by means of holdfasts.

  • Notes:

    A beautiful broadleaf evergreen that depending on the cultivar can be a vine, sprawling shrub or ground cover. At its best an elegant vine or ground cover, however a number of diseases and insects can become problematic enough to warrant removal of the plant.

  • How vines climb:

    The means by which vines climb can be divided into two broad categories: those that twine around a supporting structure, and those that hold onto structures by use of holdfasts.

    Twining: Twining vines wrap around a support using tendrils, petioles or the stem of the vine. These vines require a support structure that facilitates twining such as a fence, arbor or trellis. When these vines become overgrown they can be renewed by cutting the entire plant back severely in early spring.

    Holdfasts: This group of vines attach using holdfasts or aerial roots, structures that fasten the vine stem by sticking directly to a structure. These vines can affix to almost any surface, but are best used on masonry. They are not recommended on wood structures as they create a moist environment that can lead to rot, and the holdfasts are difficult to remove and may damage the wood

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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