Winter Creeper

Euonymus fortunei

non-native


Other Names:
Purpleleaf Wintercreeper, Wintercreeper, Climbing Euonymous, Climbing Spindle-tree, Fortune's Spindle


Winter Creeper is a non-native shrub from East Asia. It has spread into some areas of Virginia, including Northern Virginia. It was introduced from China early in the 20th century and is now an aggressive invasive in the eastern half of the United States. It grows over anything in its way, including trees, and it outcompetes many native plants. The food value of the berries is lower than what many birds require.

Identification Tools

Illinois Wildflowers Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States Go Botany Missouri Botanical Garden Carolina Nature

Ranges

North America Virginia

Winter Creeper
Winter Creeper growing out along the stream bank in spring

Winter Creeper
Winter Creeper leaves in spring, May 5, 2018

Winter Creeper
Dessicated Winter Creeper leaves protruding through fallen dry leaves in winter, showing purple backs

Winter Creeper
Winter Creeper leaves protruding through fallen dry leaves in winter

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