Euonymus ‘Moonshadow’ – A Ground Cover For All Seasons

‘Moonshadow’ euonymus

Many so-called shade perennials such as hostas, astilbes, brunneras, and coralbells (Heuchera spp.) actually excel in areas that are bathe mostly morning sunlight. In these areas ‘Moonshadow’ euonymus (Euonymus fortunei ‘Moonshadow’) makes a great companion shrub with these perennials (USDA hardiness zones 4-8).  Moonshadow has become a favorite ground cover euonymus of mine.

‘Moonshadow’ euonymus is a low growing evergreen shrub displaying shiny yellow leaves with dark green edges.  Its attractive variegated evergreen foliage makes it a stand out for almost any landscape situation. Leaves take on a pink hue which adds to its 4-season landscape interest.

This low  ground cover is almost mat-like @ 1 to 2 feet high and 4-5 feet wide. It stays low and compact. Similar euonymus varieties like ‘Emerald and Gold’ and ‘Emerald Gaiety’ tend to outgrow what the plant tag information describes about it. Other cultivars grow 24 -30 inches tall at maturity with a spread of 5 feet or more. Foliage is a muted yellow with an attractive – dark olive green blotch. On a rare occasion a branch may reverted to all-green and should be cut out. Mostly, it holds its variegation well. Very slow to grow from rooted divisions.

It tolerates most soils except wet soggy sites and grows in full sun to partial 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.

‘Moonshadow’ has a moderate growth rate. Mass as a low growing groundcover under shrubs or trees or in front of a border.   Line along drives and walkways or a low hedge. Add a snap of color in containers by using this brightly colored trailer as a spiller to trail over the pot edges.

It’s a euonymus, so the potential for scale is there. It can be pruned at any time.

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