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Golden Japanese Euonymus
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Tough as nails and pretty, too! Golden Japanese Euonymus is an easy-to-please Accent that’s also easy on the eyes. If you want to fill in a challenging spot in your landscape with spectacularcolor, here’s a worthy option. Golden Japanese Euonymus lights up formal beds and borders with vivid evergreen foliage generously splashed with luminous yellow. Its perky, upright habit gives it merit as a bold vertical specimen, either as a solitary highlight or as a matched pair flanking a doorway, gate, or garden feature. Give your landscape a shot of cheerful color!
Native to Japan, Korea, and China, this species of Euonymus has long been admired in the East. In the wild, its foliage is normally green, but this Accent is prone to sending out random sports (mutations), which can result in intriguing new forms for gardeners to grow. Golden Japanese Euonymus is a beloved selection that has been around for decades. People love it not only for its brilliant color, but for its ability to withstand shade, poor soils, drought, and salt spray. It is a bit more sensitive to cold than other types of Euonymus; in frigid climates, it makes a nice houseplant.
Some variegated plants have a habit of “reverting”—they’ll send out a branch here and there that’s plain green. If this happens to your Golden Japanese Euonymus, simply prune those branches out so they don’t “take over” the plant. Green leaves have more chlorophyll than those with yellow in them, and they’ll grow faster.
How to Grow
Part of Golden Japanese 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 Golden Japanese as a massing plant but as a single specimen.
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