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Toxic parts

Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, a number of plants in this genus are suspected of being poisonous and so some caution is advised.

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Euonymus fortunei.

Material uses

A good evergreen ground cover plant[1][2]. The sub species E. fortunei radicans and E. fortunei carrieri are particularly useful, other forms to use include 'Emerald and Gold', 'Emerald Gaiety', 'Coloratus', 'Dart's Carpet' and 'Kewensis[3][4][5]. Plants can be grown as a low hedge[6], the varieties 'Emerald and Gold' and 'Variegatus' are normally used. They are very tolerant of clipping[2].
There are no material uses listed for Euonymus fortunei.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Plants contain the anticancer compound dulcitol[7]. The plant is used in gynaecological applications[7].

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Ecosystem niche/layer

Climber or Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover



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Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 8 - 12 weeks warm followed by 8 - 16 weeks cold stratification and can then be sown in a cold frame[8][9]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm long taken at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy[2].

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Thrives in almost any soil, including chalk, and is particularly suited to dry shaded areas[2]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a well-drained loamy soil. Thrives in sunny positions and in deep shade[10][3], though it does not fruit so well in the shade.

Plants are hardy to about -18°c[11]. A shrubby somewhat creeping plant that can also climb by means of aerial roots[1], if placed by a support, a wall, tree or fence, the plant will start to climb it and will be self-attaching to a large degree[3][12]. Plants do not normally require pruning[12]. Plants have two forms of growth, a juvenile form and a mature form when the plants come into flower[12]. Plants in Britain often retain the juvenile form and never flower[12].

A polymorphic species[13], there are a number of named varieties selected for their ornamental value[3][11].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Euonymus fortunei. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Euonymus fortunei.




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Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Euonymus fortunei
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
permanent shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
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    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
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    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
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    Flower Type


    1. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
    2. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Royal Horticultural Society. Ground Cover Plants. Cassells. ISBN 0-304-31089-1 (1989-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.1 Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0900629649 (1974-00-00)
    7. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    8. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    9. ? Gordon. A. G. and Rowe. D. C. f. Seed Manual for Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. ()
    10. ? 10.010.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    11. ? 11.011.1 Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
    12. ? Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
    13. ? 13.013.1 Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)