Euonymus japonicus 'Aureo Marginata'
Euonymus japonicus, commonly called Japanese euonymus, is a dense oval evergreen shrub of the spindle tree family that typically grows to 10-15’ tall and to 5-8’ wide in cultivation, but may soar to as much as 25’ tall in the wild. It is native to Japan, Korea and China. Opposite, tough, leathery, lustrous, ovate to obovate, dark green leaves (to 3” long) are blunt to rounded at the apex and tapered at the base. Leaf margins are serrated except near the base. Inconspicuous, four-petaled, greenish-white flowers in flattened cymes (5-12 flowers per cyme) bloom in late spring (June). Flowers are followed by showy pink fruits (capsules with red arils) which ripen in fall. ‘Aureomarginatus’ has green leaves variegated with showy yellow margins. It typically grows to 5-10’ tall. Variegated foliage may revert to green, resulting in a shrub with a less than desirable combination of yellow-margined leaves and solid green leaves.