Euonymus japonica ( President Gauthier Japanese Spindle Tree )

President Gauthier is an evergreen shrub with an upright habit and an umbrella shaped top. It can accept pruning to keep it smaller, or trained as a tree with it’s attractive curving trunk. The leaves are oval-round, 1 to 2 inches long and glossy, leathery, deep green with cream colored margins. It is an inexpensive substitute for the garden because of it’s heat, drought, and soil tolerance, but pest and disease problems seem to damper the possibilities. Watch for scale, thrips, or spider mites, as well as powdery mildew, where air is stagnant and humid. Locate in full sun to prevent mildew.