Spindle 'Wolong Ghost' Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
spindle 'Wolong Ghost'


A spreading, mat-forming cultivar that can also be trained as a climber, given support. The evergreen foliage is narrow and dark green with prominent pale veins

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Wolong Ghost Wintercreeper, Ghost Wintercreeper, Wolong Ghost Euonymus.

    • Common names

      Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Spread

      6 feet (1.83 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Foliage: The plant has lance-shaped leaves with silvery veining, adding visual interest to garden spaces.
    • Versatility: It can be used as ground cover, in containers, as edging, or trained to climb on structures.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can withstand periods of drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Shade Tolerance: Able to grow in partial to full shade, making it suitable for understory planting and shaded gardens.
    • Deer Resistance: It is generally resistant to deer, thus minimizing damage in areas where deer are a common nuisance.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care in terms of pruning and can thrive without extensive gardening expertise.
    • Winter Interest: The evergreen nature of the plant ensures year-round greenery, even in dull winter landscapes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Decorative Patterns: The variegated leaves of Wintercreeper can be used to create decorative patterns in garden mosaics or stepping stones.
    • Photography Backdrops: Wintercreeper's unique leaf patterns make it an excellent backdrop for photographers looking to add a touch of nature to their portraits.
    • Education: Schools and educational programs can use Wintercreeper as a tool for teaching students about variegation in plants.
    • Container Gardening: Wintercreeper can be planted in decorative containers to enhance patios, balconies, and terraces with its elegant foliage.
    • Topiary Art: Wintercreeper can be trained to grow into artful topiary shapes for garden interest and design.
    • Themed Gardens: The plant can be incorporated into fairy or fantasy-themed gardens due to its intricate leaf patterns resembling dragon scales.
    • Fashion Inspiration: The distinctive leaf pattern of Wintercreeper can inspire textile patterns and designs for fashion.
    • Craft Projects: Dried leaves of Wintercreeper can be used in scrapbooking, card making or other paper crafts for their texture and color.
    • Erosion Control: Wintercreeper can be planted on slopes or areas prone to erosion to help hold the soil in place due to its root system.
    • Living Walls: Wintercreeper can be used to create living walls or green privacy screens, adding a lush, vertical element to spaces.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Wintercreeper is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Wintercreeper is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Fortitude - The name 'Euonymus' comes from the Greek word meaning "good name" or "fortunate," which is often associated with resilience and tenacity, both qualities of fortitude. The 'Wolong Ghost' variety, with its ability to thrive in various conditions, reflects this symbolism.
    • Versatility - 'Wolong Ghost,' part of the Wintercreeper family, is known for its adaptability to different environments and uses in landscaping, symbolizing flexibility and the ability to thrive in diverse situations.
    • Protection - Wintercreepers, including 'Wolong Ghost,' are often used as ground cover or barrier plants, symbolizing protection and defense against unwanted elements, much like their practical use in gardens to prevent soil erosion.
    • Longevity - Known for being an evergreen plant, the Wintercreeper symbolizes enduring life and persistency, mirroring its capacity to maintain its foliage throughout the year, including the harsh winter months.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Wintercreeper should be watered deeply and thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions to prevent root rot. Generally, water the plant with about 1 to 1.5 gallons every week during the growing season, adjusting for rainfall, heat, and soil type. In hot, dry periods, increase watering frequency, while in cool, wet weather, reduce it. During winter, water less frequently, providing only enough to keep the soil from drying out completely, which may mean watering just once every two to three weeks.

  • sunLight

    Wintercreeper thrives in a range of light conditions, from full sun to part shade. The best spot for 'Wolong Ghost' would receive morning sunlight and afternoon shade, or dappled shade throughout the day. Because this can help bring out the variegation in the leaves, too much shade may lead to less vibrant foliage.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Wintercreeper is hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. It prefers a comfortable outdoor temperature range between 60°F and 80°F but can survive in temperatures as low as 0°F and as high as 100°F. Ideal growing conditions would avoid extremes, though it can handle short periods outside of its preferred range.

  • scissorsPruning

    Wintercreeper should be pruned to maintain shape and encourage bushy growth. The best time for pruning is in the late winter or early spring before new growth starts. It can be pruned as often as needed to control its size and spread, but heavy pruning should be done sparingly to avoid stressing the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Wintercreeper prefers well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.0-7.5; a mix of loam, sand, and small bark chips works well.

  • plantRepotting

    Wintercreeper should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Wintercreeper thrives in moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable to varying indoor conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright, indirect light and avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade; protect from harsh sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Wintercreeper 'Wolong Ghost' is a perennial plant, beginning its life cycle as a seed which germinates in spring under favorable conditions of moisture and temperature. Once the seedling emerges, it develops into a juvenile plant with characteristic long, narrow leaves featuring silver veins, this early stage focusing on establishing a robust root system and initial vegetative growth. As it matures, the plant starts to exhibit its climbing or spreading habit, often used effectively for ground cover or wall-climbing with the aid of aerial roots. In the reproductive stage, which may not occur every year and typically happens in mature plants, small, inconspicuous greenish-white flowers bloom in early summer, followed by the development of pink to red fruit capsules that open to reveal orange seeds. The plant then enters a period of dormancy in winter, during which growth slows down or ceases in response to colder temperatures and shorter days. Over many years, Wintercreeper 'Wolong Ghost' can reach significant coverage, persisting and spreading in the landscape as long as conditions remain favorable.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost', commonly known as Wintercreeper, is through stem cuttings. This is often done in late spring through early summer, when the plant's growth is most vigorous. To propagate, a healthy stem tip should be cut, ideally about 3 to 6 inches (approximately 7.5 to 15 centimeters) in length, just below a leaf node. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end can be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining potting mix and kept moist and warm, with high humidity if possible. Within a few weeks to a couple of months, the cutting should develop roots, at which point it can be transplanted to a more permanent location.