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Euonymus japonica ‘Ovatus Aurea’ – Potted


A vigorous evergreen with glossy green leaves splashed with gold. An attractive and ornamental hedge, vigorous and trouble free. Looks particularly fine in the winter where it lights up the landscape.


Euonymus japonica ‘Ovatus Aurea’ is a cultivar of Japanese euonymus that is often chosen for its distinctive golden-yellow variegated foliage, making it an appealing choice for hedging. Here are some key features and considerations for using Euonymus japonica ‘Ovatus Aurea’ in a hedging setting:

  1. Foliage:
    • The most striking feature of ‘Ovatus Aurea’ is its vibrant golden-yellow variegated foliage. The leaves are oval-shaped and glossy, creating a bright and cheerful display throughout the growing season. The golden hue provides a pop of colour in the garden and contrasts well with other green plants.
  2. Size and Growth:
    • This euonymus cultivar typically forms a dense and compact hedge, reaching a height of 3 metres and a similar spread. Its moderate size makes it suitable for various landscape applications, including hedging along pathways, garden borders, or as a backdrop for other plants.
  3. Versatility:
    • Euonymus japonica ‘Ovatus Aurea’ is versatile and can thrive in a variety of soil types. It is adaptable to different light conditions, performing well in full sun to partial shade. This adaptability allows for flexibility in choosing the right location for your hedge.
  4. Variegated Foliage:
    • The golden variegation of the leaves is maintained throughout the year, adding visual interest to the hedge even in winter. This makes ‘Ovatus Aurea’ an excellent choice for those looking to create a hedge with year-round appeal.
  5. Low Maintenance:
    • Like many euonymus varieties, ‘Ovatus Aurea’ is generally low-maintenance. It requires minimal pruning to maintain its shape and density. Pruning can be done in late winter or early spring to encourage branching and remove any dead or straggly growth.
  6. Seasonal Interest:
    • While ‘Ovatus Aurea’ is primarily valued for its golden variegated leaves, it may produce inconspicuous flowers in late spring to early summer. These flowers are followed by small, ornamental fruits. While not the main feature, they contribute to the plant’s seasonal interest.

Please see our GUIDE TO PLANTING HEDGES for more info.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Full sun/partial shade

Soil Type






Pruning Time

Late Winter;Early Spring

Ultimate Height

3 metres

Ultimate Spread

2.5 metres