Botanical Name: Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'
Common Name: Purpleleaf Wintercreeper  
Plant photo of: Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'
Previous Photo     Next Photo

Water Saving Tip:

Water-wise plants can be beautiful as well as practical.

Take your 'My List' Hydrozone Report to a landscape designer, or local nursery, when selecting and purchasing plants.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Broadleaf Evergreen, Ground cover, Vine


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Bronze, Dark Green, Purple


Bark Color

Brown, Grey


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Connon Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

The toughest of the E. fortunei, Purpleleaf Wintercreeper has an ivy-like habit that makes it an outstanding groundcover. It has a spreading, mounding habit that undulates over the ground, trails over rocks or walls, or climbs walls with little clinging roots. It has deep green foliage that turns a rich plum color in the fall. It frequently holds its foliage all winter, but sometimes not, though is generally thought of as evergreen. Moderate grower to about 2 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. The groundcover on the north side of the Main library (just west of the driveway) is purpleleaf wintercreeper.
Plant in sun to mostly shade, in loamy, well draining soil. Rarely requires pruning, though cutting it back can renovate the growth and encourage it to be more dense. It can become invasive, though at a rather slow pace, so avoid its use along riparian corridors where it will out grow native ground covers.