wintercreeper Celastraceae Euonymus
fortunei (Turcz.) Hand.-Maz.
|Leaf: Opposite, evergreen to semi-evergreen, 1 to 2 inches long, elliptical (shapes vary with cultivars), finely serrated, dark green with lighter veins (some cultivars variegated), lighter beneath.
Flower: Perfect, inconspicuous (1/4 inch), creamy green or yellow-green appear in small bunches in leaf axils in summer.
Fruit: Dry capsules (1/3 inch) that split open to reveal small orange seeds, ripen in fall and persist into winter.
Twig: Slender, green, slightly angled; buds pointed, green to reddish green. Aerial roots present when climbing.
Bark: Light brown to reddish brown, rough with numerous aerial rootlets when climbing.
Form: Variable depending on cultivar; most are a climbing vine but can be a shrub or semi-shrub; climbing forms often escape into woodlands and can reach up to 25 feet.
Looks like: spreading euonymus
- English ivy
- climbing hydrangea
| Additional Range Information:
Euonymus fortunei is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting wintercreeper.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson