Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)
Also known as Climbing Euonymus, this woody evergreen vine was introduced from
China in 1907. Now forests are being degraded by its rapid spread as it climbs to
heights of 40 to 70 feet, smothering wildflowers and overtopping trees. It is reported
as invasive throughout most of the eastern United States.
Print Version: Problem Plant: Wintercreeper
Tags: Forms dense mat that smothers and kills wildflowers, Invasion results in loss of diversity, Climbs trees and other vertical surfaces, Seeds spread by birds, mammals, and water, Spreading evergreen ground cover, (Replacement ground covers:), Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi), Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), (Replacement vines:), American Wisteria (Wisteria frutescens), Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata), Pipevine (Isotrema macrophyllum), Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)