Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus's Mature Spread 15 - 20
feet, Soil Type Widely Adaptable, Moisture Medium Well -
Drained, Mature Form Bushy 6 - 9 inches, Growth Rate Fast, Sun
Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun, Flower Color Green and White,
Fall Color Evergreen, Flowering Date Summer, Foliage Color Green
to Purple, Zones 4-8.
Euonymus, Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus', also known as
Wintercreeper and Wintercreeper Eunonymus, is a dense, woody-stemmed,
broadleaf evergreen plant which comes in a variety of forms. Euonymus
fortunei 'Coloratus' (commonly called purple wintercreeper euonymus, is
primarily a trailing ground cover form which typically grows to 6-9" tall
and spreads indefinitely by rooting stems as a sprawling, tangled, bushy
similar in habit to English ivy, in that it spreads
along the ground, rooting as it goes, until it reaches a
vertical surface which it then begins to climb. It features
lustrous, ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves (1-2" long) which
turn dark purple in fall and winter. Purple Wintercreepers have
inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers that may appear in June.
The flowers are at best sparse,
but are usually not present. If allowed to climb a wall, tree or
other structure, this plant assumes more vine-like
characteristics and is more likely to produce flowers, though
still sparse and inconspicuous.
'Coloratus' is sometimes sold as
Euonymus fortunei var. coloratus. It is one of the most
popular evergreen ground covers available in commerce today.This
plant is a good ground cover for slopes. It is also used for
container plantings, massing and erosion control.