Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’

The leaves of this evergreen shrub of Japanese origin are so decorative that it has the value of a flowering rather than a foliage plant. They are of soft green with creamy margins, sometimes with a pink tinge, and the young shoots are plain cream, variegating as they grow. There are small, unimportant white flowers in early summer. It is a compact, slow-growing shrub, not more than 3 feet (90 cm) high, with the new shoots creeping sideways to hide the rim of the pot. There is a better-known form, stocked by many garden centres, called ‘Emerald ‘n Gold’, with bright green and yellow variegation, but the colouring is less subtle than ‘Silver Queen’, and clashes with anything pink.

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