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Wintercreeper

Also known as Spindle Tree (lat. Euonymus fortunei 'coloratus' or 'radicans'). The rather weak growth habit makes Wintercreeper an ideal alternative to replace the English Ivy for greening the base of a wall, to prevent building damages.

Wall greening with Euonymus fortunei

General Information

Euonymus as a climbing plant

Large Wintercreeper

Large Wintercreeper

As a graffiti protection

Dark Wintercreeper

Dark Wintercreeper

Dense and robust like English Ivy

Light green Wintercreeper

Light Wintercreeper

Especially light leaf colour

Yellow Wintercreeper "Emerald Gold"

Yellow Wintercreeper

Conspicuous colour

Climbing Plant Support System

Support systems support plant growth. For suitable rope systems refer below. Light and Medium Systems.

Charateristics and Pruning

A self-clinger, cllimber or "sticker," predominantly a ground cover, with two species among others being of particular interest for façade greening:  “E.f. radicans,” a strong climber with excellent adhesive aerial roots, and “E.f. coloratus” (or colorata) for its brown-red winter colouring. The latter is a less vigorous climber, but can attach itself easily onto walls, tree trunks etc. Generally, single long shoots develop from a basically shrubby form, and will branch better with pruning. Leathery, evergreen leaves. Grows into joints, nooks and crannies!

 

Flower and Fruit

Inconspicuous flowers in late summer until autumn, but only on old specimens and in full sun. Fruit lasts sometimes well into winter.

 

Pruning

Pruning in spring or summer encourages branching and foliage density.

Requirements

Sunny (full sun) to semi-shaded position, with sufficient soil moisture into late autumn and winter, no compacted soil! Almost as frost resistant as English Ivy.