Euonymus japonicus ' - small-leafed selections'
Common name: 
Japanese Euonymus
u-ON-i-mus ja-PON-i-kus
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 

Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus’              Box Euonymus           

  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, dwarf, 1-3 ft (30-90 cm) high, distinctly upright branches, dense, formal. Leaves dark green, ovate-lanceolate, 1.2-2.5 cm long.
  • Sun, little or no pruning needed.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7
  • A slower growing form having green leaves with white margins is available as E. j. 'Mircophyllus Variegatus' (see below).
  • Corvallis: southeast corner of 26th St. and Van Buren.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’         Variegated Box Euonymus                

  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, dwarf, 2 ft (60 cm) high, slow growing.  Leaves small, green with white margins.  Rarely flowers.
  • Sun, little or no pruning needed except to remove occasional reversions (shoots without variegated characteristics).
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: parking lot on the west side of Washington Way and 11th St.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus Butterscotch’                 Butterscotch Box Euonymus                

  • Broadleaf evergreen shrub, dwarf, 3 ft (60 cm) high and wide, slow growing.  Leaves small, bright yellow when new.
  • Part sun to shade, little or no pruning needed.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden
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  • ‘Microphyllus’


  • ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’, with reversion

    ‘Microphyllus Variegatus', with reversion

  • ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’

    ‘Microphyllus Variegatus’

  • ‘Microphyllus Butterscotch’

    ‘Microphyllus Butterscotch’