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Golden Euonymus, Euonymus japonicas ‘Aureo-marginatus’

Common Name: Golden Euonymus

Type: shrub

Family: Celastraceae

Zone:  6 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 6 feet

Width: 3 feet

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen  

Pruning: November through July

Just as horses are great animals, they do not make great pets in the house. The same goes with this plant, as they are beautiful plants as long as they are in someone else’s yard.


Golden Euonymus, Euonymus japonicas ‘Aureo-marginatus’ has a distinct variegated look that some find very appealing. This bush loses its charm after a few years, as it is so susceptible to disease like Powdery Mildew and insects like Euonymus Scale, which is extremely difficult to get rid of. Because it’s diseases and insects require chemical treatment and pruning off heavily infected branches and removal of all leaves from the ground, this plant becomes disfigured and a maintenance nightmare. I believe that the Dwarf Burning bush is the only Euonymus really worth having. Never bring in a plant that can subject your other plants to diseases and insects.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-07-30T13:28:45+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL