Euonymus Fortunei, Winter Creeper
Winter Creeper makes an Excellent Ground Cover
Winter Creeper is a trailing evergreen that calls Christmas to mind. The spreading habit of the plant make it an excellent ground cover and great for erosion control. It can also be grown vertically up buildings or along trellises. The glossy green leaves are oval-shaped and brighten the drab days of winter wonderfully. The plant spreads quickly to fill in bare areas and provide a lush blanket of green growth. In fall, the leaves turn a beautiful burgundy or purple color.
The Winter Creeper is a fast grower and gets its name because it can creep along the ground. The roots are shallow and can grasp hold to anything in its path. If this plant gets out of control because it can take over anything in its path they can become invasive and take over other plants. These leaves are small and can only grow to around an inch across. These plants are easy growers and great for beginners.
Winter Creeper is considered an evergreen shrub.
Winter Creeper will grow fast and will take over an area so it will need to be managed and trained on where it needs to grow. This plant is low-maintenance and easy to grow. The vine will thrive in all light conditions making it an excellent ground cover to provide a cohesive look to your landscaping theme. Small flowers and orange berries add to its year round interest.
Winter Creeper Vine
If interested in vines for landscaping, the perennial Wintercreeper vine may be suited to your needs. Planting and caring for this evergreen vine is very simple. It is woody and very attractive. There are several varieties of wintercreeper, some which are very strong climbers. Regular pruning is extremely important to keep the quick growth under control. Some varieties of vines may excellent ground cover options, adding a thick blanket of green that may thrive where nothing else has survived. From May through July, small yellow flowers can be seen on the vine. Vines may also be used to cover a wall or as a hedge. It is a popular choice of landscapers to add color to stone walls or barriers. A variety of soil conditions tolerates even that moist, acidic loam is best. Soil needs to be well draining. During the spring, when the ground is pliable, plants should be placed between 18 inches and 2 feet apart so as to help prevent overcrowding. Until the roots are well established, plants should be watered thoroughly. Even without supplemental watering, the wintercreeper vine can accept drier conditions as long as the roots grow. This vine makes transplanting easy, and transplanting is usually successful. It doesn’t need lots of attention. Only the occasional pruning is needed to prevent overgrowth and to keep the plant from growing out of control. Left untreated with insecticide, it may become fatal for the plant.