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This little guy sure knows how to get noticed! Emerald ’n’ Gold Euonymus is a brilliant Accent that will make your beds and borders glow. Rich yellow variegation, like 24-karat gold, gilds its deep green leaves. The foliage persists all year long, although it goes through some interesting changes in the winter. When temperatures drop, the leaves take on luscious pink and purple tones. Use this perky plant as a highlight at the front of your foundation plantings, in your entryway garden, or in any of the mixed borders surrounding your home that could use some bling.
This species of Euonymus is native to China, where it creeps and climbs like both a shrubby plant and as a vine. Its foliage is normally green in the wild, but this Accent is prone to sending out random sports (mutations), which can result in intriguing new forms for gardeners to grow. Emerald ’n’ Gold Euonymus first appeared at a Massachusetts nursery. Clifford Corliss spotted the unusual sport and saw he had a winner. He introduced the plant in 1963. Because of its colorful character and evergreen nature, it has been a hot seller for decades.
Emerald ’n’ Gold Euonymus generally takes the shape of a mounding plant, but if you give it a support, it can also climb! Bring that glorious golden foliage up to eye level.
How to Grow
Part of Emerald ’n’ Gold Euonymus’s popularity is due to the fact that it is so easy to grow. This adaptable Accent will grow in sun or shade and in just about any type of soil that isn’t soggy. Wet feet spell trouble. Ideally, it would prefer light shade and soil that is barely moist at all times. The one thing that can sometimes pose a problem is an insect called scale. To prevent the spread of this pest, it’s best not to use Emerald ’n’ Gold as a massing plant but as a single specimen.
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