Growth Facts

Emerald Gaiety Euonymus
Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
Brighten up the border with a joyful splash of green and white.
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Emerald Gaiety Euonymus is s peppy plant that brings lightness and cheer to the landscape. This fast-growing broadleaved evergreen breaks up swaths of green with its pretty variegation. Each petite gray-green leaf is bordered with a splash of crisp white. Late in the year, this snazzy Accent changes into its winter ensemble. Cold temperatures cause the foliage to turn warm shades of rose-pink and purple. The formal beds and borders around your home will shine a little brighter with Emerald Gaiety. You’ll understand why it’s such a popular selection!

Growth Facts

The Story

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 Gaiety Euonymus first appeared at a Massachusetts nursery. Clifford Corliss spotted the unusual sport and saw he had a winner. He introduced the plant in 1959. Because of its colorful character and evergreen nature, it has been a hot seller for decades.

The Details

Emerald Gaiety Euonymus generally takes the shape of a mounding plant, but if you give it a support, it can also climb! Bring that glorious variegated foliage up to eye level.

How to Grow

Part of Emerald Gaiety 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 Gaiety as a massing plant but as a single specimen.

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