Euonymus Shrubs and dividing - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jkkenned
July 8, 2010
Have several large emerald gaity euonymus shrubs. Would like to divide as they have gotten quite large for current garden space. What is the correct way to do this and at what time/season is best?

Answer from NGA
July 8, 2010
Euonymus 'Emerald Gaiety' is a shrub and really cannot be divided - unless there are several stems well spaced around the main stem of the plant. If so, placing a shovel blade between the suckering stems and the main stem and stepping down on it to sever the roots might work. As long as each division has both roots and stems attached it should grow into a shrub. If your euonymus as only a single main stem, it cannot be divided. However, plants can be cut back in mid spring to a size more suitable for your needs and this should go some way to making the garden look neater and more manageable.

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