Botanical Name: Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
Common Name: Emerald Gaiety Euonymus  
Plant photo of: Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety'
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Shrub, Vine


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green, White, Variegated


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cascade, Hedge, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: JJ Neilson Arboretum
  • Description

  • Notes

Emerald Gaiety is a little shrub with deep green leaves edged in white. Excellent as a spot of brightness in a shrub border, and offers a little evergreen interest in perennial borders. This E. fortunei has an erect, dense habit, and grows about 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 or so feet wide. Like other fortunei, it will climb if given support, though I think of it more as a shrub than a vine.
Not particular of soil type, except not tolerant of wet or boggy soils. Grows in full sun to full shade, and the less sun, the less water it needs. A good plant for dry shade areas. However, prolonged periods of drought can cause stress and increase susceptibility to white fly, scale, and aphids, so periodic irrigation is recommended. Do not use in riparian corridor areas as it can become invasive.