Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus

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Need a broadleaf evergreen that turns purple in the fall and grows anywhere? The Purple Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus') is a dense, woody-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen vine that can be grown in a variety of forms!

Pretty greenish-white blossoms appear in the spring and bring in the bees and butterflies! Featuring lustrous, ovate to elliptic, dark green leaves (1-2" long) which transform into an incredible reddish and dark purple hue in fall and hold through the winter!

Cold hardy throughout USDA growing zones 4 through 8, these Euonymus grow just 6 to 9 inches tall but can spread into 12 - 36 inch wide mats that suppress weeds and fill sunny to partly sunny areas fast! In some areas, Wintercreeper can sometimes be invasive because the birds spread the seeds. Nature Hills has developed Plant Sentry™, our very own compliance software that will not allow the sale or shipment of any plant that your state has prohibited from being purchased and grown where it is restricted.

Planting and Application:

If allowed to climb a wall, tree, or other structure, Wintercreeper assumes a more vine-like characteristic! It is one of the most popular evergreen groundcovers available today. This plant is a good ground cover for slopes, slowing rainwater and erosion, covering large areas quickly, and adding year-round fill!

Wintercreeper is also used for container plantings and tumbling over the edges of platers and retaining walls. Rambling happily throughout the garden, and filling voids and bare ground as living mulch. Just keep an eye on the growth as it can intertwine itself into larger shrubs or cover smaller plants when not minded at least once a year.

Wintercreeper Euonymus, is primarily a trailing groundcover form, spreading by rooting stems as a sprawling, tangled, bushy mat. It is similar in habit to English Ivy, in that it spreads along the ground, rooting as it goes, until it reaches a vertical surface which it then begins to climb. Let Wintercreeper ramble up rock walls, bare concrete foundations, and wood trellis.

  • Greenish White Blooms For Pollinators
  • Glossy Dark Green Leaves
  • Incredible Reddish-Purple Broad-Leaf Evergreen Foliage
  • Fast, Low-Growing Growth
  • Fantastic En Masse, Groundcover, Container Filler & Erosion Control

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant this absolute beauty in full sun or partial shade, in rich, well-drained soil for the best growth possible! Wintercreeper isn't too picky about urban settings either. It'll thrive even in those rather polluted inner-city environments.

If you'd like, consider adding a layer of mulch around your plant starting about one inch away from the base. Not only does this add to the overall aesthetic of your garden, but it'll also help shield the roots from the worst of the heat and conserve water!

Should you like to give your Wintercreeper a little trim, we recommend Pruning in the early spring, before the growing season begins. Just grab your favorite pair of sharp shears and prune them where needed.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Rich Well-Drained Soil
  • Appreciates Mulch & Moist Soil
  • Prune Early Spring
  • Train as a Low Bush, Groundcover, or Climbing Vine!

Year-round color and fantastic purple fall foliage, the Purple Wintercreeper is an incredibly versatile evergreen that can be a spiller, filler, or vertical thriller! Order yours today at Nature Hills!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

Plant Sentry is designed to protect both consumers and the nursery trade from invasive plant pests and diseases. Sites that display the Plant Sentry protection badge are protected from consumers buying and nurseries shipping material carrying invasive pests and diseases.

This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Purple Wintercreeper Euonymus Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 6 - 9 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 36 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Greenish White
Foliage Green to Purple
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring