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Silver King Euonymus
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King of shade, King of clay, King of salty seaside gardens! Silver King Japanese Euonymus thrives in pretty much any situation without complaint. This useful Accent brings loads of low-fuss color to all types of landscapes—even those with challenging conditions. Its large (for a Euonymus) leaves emerge a beautiful green color with broad, buttery yellow margins in spring; the yellow eventually transforms to a cool, crisp, silvery white. Silver King is an upright grower that can be pruned into a rounded form or into a dapper little Christmas-Tree shape. Truly regal!
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. Silver KingJapanese Euonymus is a beloved selection that has been around for decades. People love it not only for its brilliant variegation, 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 Silver King Japanese Euonymus, simply prune those branches out so they don’t “take over” the plant. Green leaves have more chlorophyll than those with variegation in them, and they’ll grow faster.
How to Grow
Part of Silver King 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 Silver King Japanese Euonymus as a massing plant but as a single specimen.
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