It is an exciting moment when trees and shrubs are start to become cloaked in the colours of autumn. The intensity of the colours varies from year to year but in our garden the most intensely red leaves are always to be found on this euonymus. Each year there is a magical, but melancholic, moment when a really hard frost knocks all the leaves off and the bare stems of the shrub sit in a pool of red. Euonymus are often grown for their vivid fruits but while this plant produces small orange berries they are less spectacular than the fruits of other species. For dazzling foliage, this is the one to grow.
A native to Korea, Japan and parts of China it prefers sunny, moist soil that does not stay boggy during the winter.