Running Euonymus (Euonymus obovatus)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: usually about 1.5 feet high to 3 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

a groundcover mass of the species

Photo gallery:
Location: Morton Arboretum east side in Lisle, ILDate: 2016-07-18a groundcover mass of the species
By ILPARW
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Location: Morton Arboretum east side in Lisle, ILDate: 2016-07-18the summer foliage
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-07-05second season of new plant from tiny pot
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 2, 2017 6:36 PM

I've only seen this plant in the Rare Illinois Plant Collection at Morton Arboretum. it is a good-looking groundcover that can get good red fall color. It can be damaged by the Euonymus Scale insect just like the evergreen Asian Euonymus. It is native to western New York down to north Georgia to northern Arkansas to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois and east central Illinois and northeast Illinois Indiana, Ohio, and southern lower Michigan. In 2018 I ordered three small plants in tiny pots sent from mail from Reeseville Ridge Nursery in central Wisconsin. I kept them in still small pots the first season and planted them in May 2019 in the front foundation. They are growing bigger, but have a ways to go before being mature.

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