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Care of Golden Euonymus

By Rachel Lovejoy

Golden euonymous is an evergreen shrub known for its large, yellow-edged leaves. It likes full sun but tolerates partial to full shade. It has no soil preferences. However, it cannot withstand droughts. Mulching around the base of the plant will help retain moisture, especially during dry periods, during which these plants need watering more frequently.

Plant Characteristics

Golden euonymous is hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10 and can grow 6 feet high and 5 feet wide. It is a good choice for hedges, because it can withstand heavy pruning.

Planting Euonymous

Plant the euonymous shrubs as soon as you get them home. Place them in a hole that is at least as deep as the root ball and twice as wide, states Gardening Central. Replace only half the dirt. Water the plant well and fill it in lightly around its base with the remaining soil.

Plant Problems

Golden euonymous is susceptible to euonymous scale, a white-covered insect that turns the undersides of the leaves and the entire stem white. Left untreated, the pest will soon kill the plant.

For mild infestations, scrape off the scale by hand and dispose of it. According to Clemson University's Cooperative Extension, pruning will help branches that are heavily infested. Insecticides such as acephate, malathion and carbaryl can also be effective, if you follow the label instructions carefully.

 

About the Author

 

Rachel Lovejoy has been writing professionally since 1990 and currently writes a weekly column entitled "From the Urban Wilderness" for the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine, as well as short novellas for Amazon Kindle. Lovejoy graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.