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Harlequin Wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei 'Harlequin'

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Harlequin Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Harlequin') at Newcastle Fruit & Produce

Harlequin Wintercreeper foliage

Harlequin Wintercreeper foliage

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Height:  12 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Wintercreeper Euonymus


A spreading broadleaf evergreen shrub with richly variegated foliage in dark green and white with a pink flush in spring and fall; extremely showy and attractive; use in the garden as a color accent or for a bold mass planting

Ornamental Features

Harlequin Wintercreeper has attractive white-variegated dark green foliage with hints of pink on a plant with a spreading habit of growth. The glossy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Harlequin Wintercreeper is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Harlequin Wintercreeper is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Harlequin Wintercreeper will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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