Euonymus japonicus ‘Benkomasaki’

Japanese Spindle ‘Benkomasaki’

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Euonymus japonicus ‘Benkomasaki’ is an evergreen hedging plant that is perfect for creating a low-maintenance and attractive border in your garden. It has an upright growth habit and produces small, glossy, dark green leaves with a yellow margin.

It can reach up to 2 metres in height and is an ideal choice for creating a formal or informal hedge. This hardy and low-maintenance plant is easy to grow and will thrive in most soils.


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Origin: Japan, China
Genus: Euonymus
Species / Cultivar: japonicus var. 'Benkomasaki'
Common Name: Japanese Spindle ‘Benkomasaki’

Plant Biography

Originating from Japan, Euonymus japonicus ‘Benkomasaki’ is a cultivar of the species Euonymus japonicus. In its natural environment, this evergreen shrub thrives in regions with a mild climate, such as coastal areas. It is known for its adaptability and resilience, as it can tolerate various soil types and withstand moderate levels of salt spray. In the wild, ‘Benkomasaki’ exhibits a dense growth habit, reaching a height of about 2-3 meters.

Introduced to cultivation, this cultivar quickly gained popularity due to its attractive features. Its glossy, dark green leaves provide a vibrant backdrop in gardens and landscapes, while its compact form makes it suitable for hedging and topiary.

‘Benkomasaki’ is appreciated for its low maintenance requirements and its ability to withstand urban environments, making it a versatile choice for both residential and commercial landscapes.

Euonymus japonicus 'Benkomasaki'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.5 - 2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.2 - 2.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Plant the Japanese Spindle ‘Benkomasaki’ in a spot that receives partial shade to full sun. It prefers well-draining soil, but can tolerate a range of soil types.

Provide regular watering, especially during the establishment phase. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant, but it’s still important to water during prolonged dry periods.

Prune ‘Benkomasaki’ in late winter or early spring to maintain its desired shape and size. You can also remove any dead or damaged branches during this time.

Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for application rates.

Fun fact

In addition to its ornamental value, Euonymus japonicus 'Benkomasaki' has historical significance. In Japanese folklore, Euonymus plants were believed to possess protective qualities against evil spirits and were often planted near entrances or windows as a form of spiritual guardianship.


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