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Euonymus japonicus January 3rd - (Evergreen Japanese Spindle) 


This picture below, only found its way onto this page, because of its 'rarity' value. (I don't mean that the picture itself is worth anything). This evergreen shrub/small tree rarely produces seeds. This is probably because it is often hacked about when grown as a hedge plant. 

It has little real use in the garden - though does seem to have been planted in years gone by!

It can be grown in shaded spots, but so can many other more attractive shrubs. It is perhaps most useful at the seaside - where this picture was taken - for it will tolerate salt.  Can be affected by mildew. All parts of the shrub can cause stomach problems if eaten! Best avoided really!

Euonymus japonicus berries - The japanese Spindle Tree berriesIt can be used for hedging purposes if needed and can be clipped as an when necessary, but preferably not in the winter months. As with all evergreens, Euonymus japonicus should be clipped or pruned only in the growing season.

I can think of no reason - other than difficult seaside conditions - why this shrub should be planted these days! If you have a Euonymus japonicus that serves a useful purpose - other than those mentioned above - would be happy (surprised) to hear about it!

There is a variegated form of Euonymus japonicus which is quite attractive, but has a tendency to revert back to normal green - Euonymus japonicus 'Albomaginatus'. Evergreen with white edges to the leaves.

 

Propagation of Euonymus japonicus.

Bet propagated by taking semi-ripe cuttings in late summer and placing in cold frame or cool greenhouse. They are quite quick to root, so best if 3 or 4 are placed in a small pot, and then left in the pot after rooting to be planted out in the spring.

Problems with Euonymus japonicus

The Japanese Spindle Tree rarely suffers from any pests - other then the obligatory visits by greenfly aphids - though are sometimes infested by scale insects.

In some areas, Vine weevil might be a problem, and the tell tale signs of 'notches' out of the leaf edges are the first sure sign. On an established plant, they rarely cause permanent damage, but id the variegated type is grown in container, then it could suffer damage unless treated.

Powdery Mildew sometimes - a fungal disease that can leave powdery deposits on the leaves and render the shrub very unsightly. It should be treated as soon as noticed. It is normally prevalent in the dry hot late summer months,

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