Common name: Spindleberry
The two most popular members of the genus are variegated evergreen shrubs, widely used for ground cover. There are many other species and varieties, and the deciduous ones are grown principally for their wonderfully rich autumn colours and distinctive fruits, which follow the somewhat inconspicuous.
The two best known forms are cultivars of the evergreen Euonymous fortunei, a native of Japan. ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ (AGM) is noted for its green, gold and pink leaves. ‘Silver Queen’ (AGM) has foliage attractively edged with white.
One that can be relied upon to provide a colourful autumn show is Euonymous europoeus ‘Red Cascade’ (AGM), for not only do the leaves have rich autumn colours, but the plentiful, large, rosy-red seed capsules are attractive in their own right It is a good idea to grow several together, as this will ensure cross-pollination.
Soil typegrows happily in most good garden soils.
Planting These shrubs will grow in sun or light shade. The evergreen species and varieties should be grown in a spot where they are not subjected to icy winds. Planting can be done in autumn or spring.
Pruning Not generally required. Any straggly growth on the deciduous species can be cut out in early spring to retain a good shape.
Propagation Cuttings of around 7cm (3in) in length, taken with a heel, in mid to late summer
Pests and diseases Aphids can attack the deciduous species, and these should be promptly dealt with by insecticide.