Euonymus japonicus 'KATHY'

Euonymus japonicus
Euonymus japonicus 'KATHY'
Japanese spindle
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES varigated:green a cream
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 6b   (down to -21°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Evergreen broadleaf
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Japanese spindles are evergreen shrubs, or small trees with grafted crowns on short stems. They are very popular in southern countries and where winters are mild. The species has green leaves, but most attractive are varieties with variegated foliage.

Kathy is one the modern Japanese spindles with variegated foliage and compact growth. Its evergreen leaves are ovate or almost rounded, finely serrated, deep green in the centre and creamy white at margins. Stems are very light green. Its attractive colour play will brighten up any dark corner of your garden and will be pretty in mixed borders next to other solid green plants.

Japanese spindle responds very well to pruning even on older wood – it always re-sprouts reliably, just fertilize it after cutting into older wood. Cut off long lead and side branches to a size that will help you form a desired shape in future. Then trim or shear it again at the end of July on all sides to achieve a rich and dense plant. The denser foliage, the more resistant it gets against extreme winters.

These plants are quite soil tolerant. They will do well in almost any well-drained soil, preferably moist, but not wet. Grow them on any location from full sun to deep shade but beware that plants with variegated foliage may suffer from winter sun and early spring morning sun. If you can find them a spot with winter shade and basically any portion of summer sunlight you may get in your garden they will be happy. The species with green leaves does not mind winter sun so much. Even if leaves are sunburnt in winter don't worry, the plant will make a lot of new ones in spring. Protect them from extreme winds. If grown in containers overwinter them in a frost-free location with enough light. Experienced hardiness to -21°C (USDA zone 6b).

Last update 20-02-2010
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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