Purpleleaf Wintercreeper

Euonymus fortunei var. Coloratus

Purpleleaf Winter Creeper is an excellent 'groundcover' originally native to China. This means that Purpleleaf Wintercreeper is most often used to cover bare places of ground and is dense in its nature of growth. It is a beautiful evergreen that fills in areas under shade trees and shrubs. The leaves are beautifully colored sanguineous purple throughout the winter. With a habit that chokes out competing plants and weeds, Purpleleaf Wintercreeper is excellent in preventing soil erosion. It is also commonly used as a decorative addition for buildings. This means that it is most often used to grow on sections of buildings, walls, and fences for its aesthetic beauty.

Encyclopedic Entry

According to Michael A. Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants ...


  • Common Name:
    Purpleleaf Wintercreeper, Purple Leaf Wintercreeper, Purple Leaf Euonymus
  • Type:
    Evergreen Groundcover
  • Family-Genus-Species:
    Celastraceae Euonymus fortunei var. Coloratus
  • Sun Requirements:
    Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Rate:
    Fast
  • Size:
    4 to 6" if used as a groundcover but can scramble 40 to 70' when placed on a structure
  • Hardiness:
    Zone 4 to 8 and 9; not happy in Zone 4 unless provided snow cover or winter shade. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
  • Habit:
    Evergreen groundcover or high climbing, true clinging vine; many of the adult types make 1.5 to 3' mounding woody evergreen shrubs.
  • Landscape Value:
    Multitudinous depending on cultivar; groundcover, vine, wall cover, low hedge, massing and groupings; tremendous variation occurs as a result of vegetative mutations.
  • Flowers:
    Only on adult types; perfect, greenish white, 4-parted, June - July.
  • Diseases & Insects:
    Anthracnose, crown gall (bacterial disease of considerable importance), leaf spots, powdery mildews, aphids, thrips, and scales.
  • Leaves:
    The species has opposite, evergreen leaves, usually 1-2" long. This particular variety has deep glossy green leaves that turn plum-purple in the winter.
  • Planting Instructions:
    Start at the farthest away area and plant the 'groundcover' evenly and outwards (like painting yourself into a corner). Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.
  • Fertilization:
    In the spring and late fall, add fertilizers rich in phosphorous in nitrogen. Transplants readily; tolerant of most soils except swampy, extremely wet conditions; pH adaptable.

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Purpleleaf Wintercreeper as an Invasive Plant

Euonymus fortunei var. Coloratus

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We offer Purpleleaf Wintercreeper in several package types and sizes. For further information regarding planting procedure and technique, please visit boydnursery.net/planting/. To calculate how many Wintercreeper plants that you need figure the square footage and then use 1 plant per square foot. The plants are not in storage and are dug fresh on receipt of your order. When your order is received plants are harvested as soon as the weather permits, this timeframe is normally within one week. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will advise you by phone or e-mail. We ship via Priority Mail from zip-code 37111 and DO NOT ship plants west of the Rocky Mountains.

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Bareroot Purpleleaf Wintercreeper
Prices for Purpleleaf Wintercreeper vines 6 to 18 inches with shipping included.
Order SizePrice per Package
100 plants $47.50
1000 plants $360.00