Wintercreeper – Euonymus fortunei
Wintercreeper is a beautiful evergreen vine. These vines are similar to ivy in both growth patterns and appearance, which make them an excellent example of convergent evolution since the two are not related. Like ivy, it has radiant green leaves and can grow upwards of 70 feet high. Unique to the wintercreeper however are the wonderful little yellow flowers it bears between the months of May and July. The versatility of this plant can be used in a variety of settings as well, as there are more than just the climbing variety. Euonymus erecta is a non climbing variety, and the leaves it sprouts are upright. Euonymus kewensis makes more of a flat ornamental mat. Wintercreeper is well known for both being incredibly easy to maintain once it takes root, and also an extremely durable species that can survive tough conditions. The easiest way to plant these beauties is to start them off in a moist, acidic loam. Be sure to water the vine thoroughly in its infancy stages, but once it’s established they can tolerate very dry environments and need no extra water. They can be planted in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 9 effectively. The landscaping and aesthetic opportunities for wintercreeper are nearly endless. The climbing variety are commonly used to grow up the sides of sturdy structures, used draped over low walls and hedges, and even to be hung off of high edges. Especially in its flowering months, they add pops of color to anything they touch. The non climbing varieties can be used both as beautiful hedges, and to cover unsightly areas with a leafy green mat. However you decide to use it, wintercreeper is a great addition to any garden.