Euonymus fortunei (Turcz.) Hand.-Mazz.
Common Name: WINTERCREEPER
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad W-Vine

Euonymus fortunei climbing (juvenile) foliage A. A. Reznicek climbing (juvenile) foliage

A Chinese species of which there are numerous cultivars. Occasionally escaping from cultivation in moist to dry forests. First collected in 1982 in Benzie Co.

The foliage and form of this species are dimorphic. Juvenile plants creep on the ground, or climb with aerial roots, and have relatively narrow leaves with whitened areas along the veins (reminiscent of a huge Mitchella repens). Adult forms are shrubby and non-climbing, lack aerial roots, and have broader leaves lacking white reticulation. Adult forms are often cultivated as low shrubs (and may become established from dumping of garden refuse), but in the wild are formed only when the juvenile climbing form has reached brighter light after climbing up into trees.

The older name Euonymus hederaceus Bentham apparently applies to this species, and is occasionally seen in the literature, but conservation of the basionym of Euonymus fortunei  was recommended (Brummitt, 2007).

Locations

Benzie County
Calhoun County
Hillsdale County
Kalamazoo County
Lenawee County
Muskegon County
Oakland County
Ottawa County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 12, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=808.