Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’ (Japanese spindle ‘Green Rocket’)

Botanical name

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’

Other names

Japanese spindle ‘Green Rocket’, Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’, Euonymus japonicus ‘Bekomasaki


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Variety or Cultivar

‘Green Rocket’ _ ‘Green Rocket’ is a compact, strongly upright, evergreen shrub with small, oval, glossy dark green leaves, bright green when young. Small, insignificant green flowers in summer are occasionally followed by fruit in autumn.

Native to

Garden origin




Bushy, Compact, Dense


All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested.

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Pale-green in Summer

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Horse chestnut scale , Scale insects , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care


Prune out any branches that revert to all green.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’ (Japanese spindle ‘Green Rocket’) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.6m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Foliage only, Ground Cover, Hedging/Screens, Instant, Roof terrace


Plant in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral


Partial Shade, Full Sun


North, South, East, West


Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’ (Japanese spindle ‘Green Rocket’)

Common pest name

Apple root knot nematode

Scientific pest name

Meloidogyne mali



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

UK (along with certain other European countries) received potentially infested trees in 1992; but these were destroyed at the end of the trial period and targeted surveillance has failed to find any trace of the nematode. Main impacts are on elm; apple and mulberry and industry should source such material carefully.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’ (Japanese spindle ‘Green Rocket’)

Japanese fruit scale; Mulberry scale; White peach scale

Pseudaulacaspis pentagona



Scale insect which in favourable conditions may kill trees. There have been a number of findings in the UK but some uncertainty about whether the pest is established. Stakeholder organisations may wish to monitory for its presence.

Defra’s Risk register #3

Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Rocket’ (Japanese spindle ‘Green Rocket’)

pink wax scale; red was scale; ruby wax scale

Ceroplastes rubens



Based on its biology and low potential impact continued action on this pest in the UK would not be considered appropriate. It is likely to be of more concern to southern Member States of the EU; as it is an economic pest of citrus.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read “Don’t risk it” advice here

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