The Euonymus is quite a hardy species, provided that it is not over¬ watered. The leaf colour is not very stable and easily reverts to green, particularly with lack of light. When green shoots are produced these are best removed before the plant starts to look uninteresting. The plant is suitable for cooler locations, such as a porch. It can also be grown outside, where it is quite hardy and tolerates low temperatures and a certain amount of neglect. During the spring and summer, when it is actively growing, the plant should be inspected regularly, as it is quite prone to a number of pests and diseases. A related species, E. japonicus, is available in a number of varieties, with green, yellow and white variegation.

Plant type : Ornamental foliage with shrubby habit
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 30-90cm (12—36in)
Flower : None indoors
Leaf : Oval, 2.5-4cm (1 -1|in), variegated green
Temperature : 10-18°C (50—64°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation
Humidity : Moderate
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer; keep on dry side in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5cm (3in) tip cuttings in mid spring to early summer in seed and cutting compost at 2rC (70°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Red spider mite, tortrix moth caterpillar, mildew, scale insect, mealy bug, aphid
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Good plant for porch or well-lit, cool room; alternatively it can be grown outside
Other varieties : E. japonicus ‘Albomarginata' - green and yellow variegation, E. j. 'Mediopicta' - yellow centre to leaf, E. j. 'Microphylla Variegatus' -smaller, white-bordered leaves