How to Root Euonymous Cuttings


Euonymus is a genus of plants that contain almost 200 shrub species, some evergreen and some deciduous. Euonymus is generally grown as a hedge and is prized for its variety of foliage colors. Grown in either sun or partial shade, euonymus can reach 12 to 30 feet in height and 10 to 25 feet wide. Semi-hardwood cuttings, taken at the end of summer, root easily.

Step 1

Take a 6-inch cutting from the tip of a euonymus shrub branch.

Step 2

Remove all the leaves from the lower half of the cutting, leaving two or three at the top. This allows the cutting to carry out photosynthesis while it is rooting.

Step 3

Mix together equal parts of sand and perlite, pour it into the planting pot and water it until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Allow it to drain completely.

Step 4

Dip the cut end of the euonymus cutting into the rooting hormone and insert the cutting into the soil. Water the soil again to settle it and to remove any air pockets. Lightly press the soil around the cutting with your hands.

Step 5

Place the potted cutting into the plastic bag and seal it. Place the bagged cutting in a warm, bright area, out of direct sunlight. Check the soil periodically and mist it with the misting bottle if it appears to be drying.

Step 6

Check the bottom of the pot for signs of roots. When the euonymus has rooted (generally three to four weeks after planting), remove the pot from the bag. Repot into regular potting soil when there is new growth on the cutting.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Sand
  • Perlite
  • Planting pot
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic bag
  • Plant misting bottle


  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Propagation with Softwood, Semi-Hardwood and Hardwood Cuttings
  • North Carolina State University: Euonymus Europaeus
Keywords: semi-hardwood cuttings, root euonymus cutting, propagate euonymus

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