Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei)
[yew-ON-ih-mus for-TOON-ee-eye]

Name_Pronunciation u-ON-i-mus for-TU-ne-i
Deciduous Perennial Vine-like shrub

Commonly called Winter Creeper for good reason! This vine will grow anywhere you want it and some places you don’t. Its unique ability to shapeshift from vine to groundcover to bush makes it an excellent choice for stone walls, trellises, foundations, or other areas that look nice when covered with a “cascading effect” of evergreen Euonymus foliage. However, buyer beware: we do mean covered. This plant is an ambitious grower and will take over just about everything if you let it!

This plant comes in green/pink, white/green, green/yellow, several green and gold single tones, and two-tone green shades. It’s quite stunning when kept in check and extremely un-picky about growing conditions, so it’s a reliable and hardy choice for year-round color.


  • Super tough groundcover, shrub, or vine
  • Thrives in full sun to full shade
  • Not picky about soil quality or moisture levels


  • Extremely invasive
  • Plants in the Euonymus genus are toxic to dogs if they eat enough of it
  • Susceptible to Euonymus Scale, an insect that will also attack pachysandra, bittersweet, and privet shrubs and causes leaf and branch dieback

Plant Data

Mature Size 12 - 36 inches tall. 24 - 600 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance Does not grow well in heavy wet soils.
Zones 5a - 9b (Usually hardy to -20° F)
Tags Deciduous, Full Sun, Full Sun, Perennial, Wet, Wet Site Tolerant
Foliage Color



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Field-Grown vs. Greenhouse-Grown Plants

Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.

Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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