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EvergreenOval, toothed, thinly leathery leaves usually to about 5cm (2in) long
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.Dense, spreading shrub
Ground coverThese plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Full sunShelter from cold winds.
EUONYMUS fortunei 'Harlequin'
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowSpecies introduced into the UK in 1860 by Robert Fortune (Scottish plant-hunter). Will climb vigorously if supported, against a wall or through a treePests & DiseasesCaterpillars, vine weevil, scale insects, powdery mildew, leaf spot.Place of originGarden origin.
Garden Location/ConditionsSuitable for small gardens
Leaf Colour (if not green)Silver variegatedPink-tinged in winter
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Soil ConditionsWell drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
Toxic - Category CHarmful if eaten(People & Pets)