Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
Catalogue A# 2018-038
GPS 45D 43' 47" N / 108D 37' 22" W
Euonymus x fortunei
Common name: Wintercreeper 'Emerald Gaiety'
Origin: Eastern Asia
Location: Bear meadows-around well, nr. Wichitas, Eagle Habitat
Number in accession: 23
Staus: New medium sized spreading variety
Tree or Plant Type: Ground cover, Shrub, Vine
Foliage: Evergreen (foliage year-round)
Native Locale: Non-native
Landscape Uses: Container, Foundation, Massing, Mixed border, Patio/sidewalk
Size Range: Medium plant (12-24 inches), Small plant (6-12 inches), Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily), Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 5 , Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: Early winter, Mid winter, Late winter, Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: Inconspicuous
Shape or Form: Creeping, Mounded, Vining
Growth Rate: Fast
Size and Method of Climbing (vine); method of spreading (ground cover)
6 to 12 inches high as a ground cover; up to 2 to 3 feet high as mounded shrubs; spreads 10 to 20 feet as a vine.
As a ground cover it is a trailing-rooting ground cover. Trailing-rooting ground covers have trailing stems that spread out from a central root system. These stems spread out horizontally over the ground and can root where they come in contact with the soil. New shoots will be formed at the point where rooting occurs.
As a vine, it is a clinging vine. Clinging vines attach themselves directly to a surface by means of holdfasts (adhesive discs) or by small aerial roots. This type of vine grows best on a flat surface, such as stone, masonry walls and wood.
Tree & Plant Care
Grows in full sun to dense shade. Tolerant of most soils except extremely wet.
This species has become invasive in some areas
Wintercreeper is a fast-growing, versatile ground cover, shrub or vine. Many different cultivars are available. Wintercreeper should be used with care as it is considered invasive in some locations.