Winter Creeper

Posted by Tammy Sons on Mar 22, 2018

Native to China, Japan, and Korea, winter creeper, also known as creeping euonymus (Euonymus fortunei), is an evergreen ground cover that also grows as a climbing vine. This particular vine climbs over anything in its path, including full-grown trees.

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Winter creeper tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. It will grow in full sun to deep shade on acidic soils, low nutrient soils, and basic garden-variety fertile soils. One condition that it does not like is heavy wet soils.

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Its leaves are glossy dark green, oval-shaped and slightly toothed. The one to two and a half inch-long leaves grow opposite each other on light-colored vines. The small, five-petaled, greenish flowers grow on long, branched stalks and produce small, round, pink-red capsules that expose their seeds when they split open.