Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’

Japanese spindle

A handsome, compact, upright evergreen with small, glossy oval leaves. 

Makes a perfect substitute for pest-prone Buxus when choosing smaller hedging plants, especially as it is tolerant of many soils and aspects. 

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Origin: Japan, Korea and China
Genus: Euonymus
Species / Cultivar: japonicus 'Green Rocket'
Common Name: Japanese spindle

Plant Biography

This cultivar was developed from Euonymous japonica, a species whose native range spans Japan, Korea and China. There are fifty Euonymous species that are considered endemic to China, meaning they grow wild nowhere else.


The species has inconspicuous flowers which are insect pollinated. The flowers contain both male and female organs, which botanists describe as hermaphroditic flowers, bisexual flowers, or perfect flowers.

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
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: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun to Full Shade
Tolerates the complete range of light levels, a very accommodating plant!
Eventual Height: 1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5m
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.

Expert Tip

As an evergreen that can grow anywhere from full sun to full shade, this makes a great choice for structural repeat planting effects to tie together a garden design scheme.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This cultivar has a naturally neat and upright growth habit, so requires very little shaping or pruning. 


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