Plant Taxonomy of Emerald Gaiety Euonymus:
Planting Zones for Emerald Gaiety Euonymus:
Grow in full sun to partial shade. Unlike with the members of this species that display green and gold variegation, some feel the color is superior on Emerald Gaiety euonymus when it receives a bit of shade.
Landscaping Uses for Emerald Gaiety Euonymus:
As small shrubs, they work well in foundation plantings. Some people use them as ornamental hedge plants (I say "ornamental" because they are not tall enough to provide privacy). In the picture that I have supplied (above, right), you can see an example of Emerald Gaiety euonymus serving both of these functions at once.
Massed together, Emerald Gaiety euonymus can serve as a groundcover. And since it can assume the form of a vine if given support, I have seen homeowners train it up a mailbox post. Indeed, because this plant is tough, tolerating pollution and drought moderately well, it is effective in mailbox plantings.
One thing to watch out for when you grow Emerald Gaiety euonymus (and other two-toned types, as well) is reversion. That is, the shrub over time will likely try to revert back to the way the species plant looks and push out new branches with leaves that are all green. Prune off those shoots when you encounter them.
Infestations of scale are another thing to keep an eye out for. If you can catch this problem in time (while it's still minor), repeated sprayings of Neem oil insecticide (it's organic) may do the trick.
Outstanding Features of Emerald Gaiety Euonymus:
Generally speaking, the strong point of this shrub on an aesthetic level is its bright, cheerful color pattern. More narrowly, being an evergreen, it holds some potential for visual interest in winter. If you live in a region that can receive heavy snowfalls in winter, then to exploit this potential you'll want to train the plant to assume the form of a vine by growing it up a support (thus elevating it above snow level). The leaves of Emerald Gaiety euonymus and related plants in the E. fortunei species (see below) often add pink to their color palette in winter, making them even more colorful than during the other three seasons of the year. There is a reason, after all, why "wintercreeper" is a common name for these shrubs.
On a practical level, I admire their versatility. They can be grown in sun or shade. And their Protean ability to function as shrubs, vines or ground covers means that you, as the grower, get multiple arrows in your landscaping quiver from one plant.
Other Types of E. Fortunei:
If you like this plant, then "fortune" smiles upon you, as there are other cultivars of the species, E. fortunei that are readily available at garden centers, including:
The variegation on 'Silver Queen' is similar, but the plant has bigger leaves. Meanwhile, the variegation on the other two shrubs listed above is green and gold, rather than green and white.
Another well-known species in this genus is E. alata, the burning bush.