Euonymus japonicus Paloma Blanca is a highly adaptable low-growing evergreen shrub. It is also often called the White Candle Euonymus or the Japanese Spindle because of its newly emerging white foliage. During the spring months, Euonymus japonicus Paloma Blanca shrub produces a bevy of new shoots that appear in shades of mother-of-pearl white. The soft white newly emerging foliage and shoots stand out in stark contrast against the older bright green foliage. The upright fresh pale shoots and foliage look like white candles perched atop the existing green foliage and stems. The bi-colour appearance of the shrub lasts for several months until the new shoots and foliage mature and morph to their adult dark green colouration. This creates an eye-catching and unusual contrast in the garden.In the late spring and early summer months, small, insignificant green flowers often develop. The flowers are sometimes followed by tiny, berry-like fruit that are barely noticeable.
Grown mainly for its foliage, the Euonymus japonicus Paloma Blanca reaches a mature height of just 75 centimeters and a width of up to 75 centimeters. During the mid to late spring months, White Candle Euonymus can be pruned to maintain its bushy, compact appearance and encourage denser new growth. Plant the Euonymus japonicus Paloma Blanca in full sun or partial shade for best growth. It grows in virtually any type of soil or soil pH. Choose a planting location that is well-draining and not overly soggy. Once established, this hardy little shrub can easily withstand periods of drought. During the harsh winter months, it will appreciate a bit of winter protection such as an extra layer of mulch around its base. In the spring, the new growth of the plant is highly susceptible to frost damage.
The petite evergreen shrub is grown mainly for its striking foliage. White Candle Euonymus creates wonderful wintertime interest when other shrubs have lost their leaves. The Euonymus japonicus Paloma Blanca makes an ideal low-growing hedge, garden plant, shrub border, groundcover, or solitary specimen. It also grows well in containers.