Morrison, Tennessee 931-668-9898


Purple-Leaf Wintercreeper

Bundled Bare Root Pricing - Shipping Included
Price per Plant$0.475$0.36

Euonymus fortunei var. ‘Coloratus’

Purple-Leaf Wintercreeper is one of several cultivars of Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei) that have grown in popularity across the US since the species was first introduced from China in 1907. The exact origin of the Purple-Leaf cultivar is unknown, but nursery catalogs offering the selection began to appear during the 1940s. A beautiful evergreen shrub-vine that fills in areas under shade trees and shrubs, the cultivar’s leaves are colored sanguineous purple throughout the winter. As an excellent ground cover in form and color, Purple-Leaf Wintercreeper is adept at preventing soil erosion. The cultivar primarily reproduces asexually via rooting nodes along the ground, but can reproduce sexually if left untended for too long. When left untended, Wintercreeper and its variants mature from vine ground covers into small shrubs. In this shrub state, the plant produces small reddish berry-like capsules that mature during the fall. Be advised, that any plants that arise from these capsules will not be the Purple-leaf cultivar. The cultivar is also commonly used as a decorative addition for buildings and can grow on (and subsequently harm) trees if not closely monitored. Both the cultivar and its sexual offspring are considered highly invasive and should only be planted responsibly. Planting instruction can also be found at


Diseases & Insects

Euonymus scale, aphids, mildew and leaf spot; rabbit and deer interest can also become a problem




Only on adult types; perfect, greenish white, 4-parted, June – July

Growth Rate

Hardiness Range

zone 4a – 9b *need help finding your hardiness zone?


Opposite, evergreen leaves, usually 1-2″ long. This particular variety has deep glossy green leaves that turn plum-purple in the winter.

Plant Type

Primary Features


monoecious (Bisexual)


4-12" in height above the soil line

Sun Requirement

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What am I buying?

We sell Purple-Leaf Wintercreeper as bare root plant bundles. These bundles are collected and bunched individual plants from stands in the local landscape. Plants are 4-6″ in stem length above the soil line and 6-10″ in overall length including roots. Plants are procured with help from our select list of local growers.

When are plants collected?

Once your order is placed, your plants will be collected as soon as the weather permits. This time-frame is normally within 3-7 days. During heavy order periods (April-May), this collection time can grow to 10-14 days.

How are plants shipped?

All shipments are mailed via USPS Priority Mail using We only accept orders within the contiguous United States. We monitor national weather conditions and temperatures for shipments. If at any time your order must be delayed for weather concerns, we will contact you by phone and/or email. The day that your order is completed or partially shipped, you will receive an email containing your package tracking number. You can also find this updated information by logging into your account on our website.

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