Part of the prolific spindle family, Jake is tough lad who can withstand even the harshest winters. Like his brother Jasper, he's a shape-shifter: silvery white-edged leaves start out round, then get a bit square as they grow, before turning round again. We love that he's always keeping us on our toes.
Native to China, Japan, and Korea, Jake's wood is extremely durable and has long been used for a variety of purposes, including as artists' charcoal, knitting needles, and musical instruments. This amazing plant may also bloom small, greenish-flowers in spring, and then little orange fruit in autumn - don't eat them, though, as they can be toxic.
Botanical name: Euonymus Japonicus 'kathy'
Nicknames: Evergreen spindle, Japanese spindle, Kathy hedge
Plant type: Evergreen shrub / Outdoors
Toxicity: Toxic to pets and people
Current height (including pot): 30-40cm; 70-80cm
Nursery pot: 17cm; 27cm
Pro level: Easy
HOW TO CARE FOR JAKE (JAPANESE EUONYMOUS)
Jake isn't too bothered about his conditions - he'll thrive in both sunny and shady spots.
If you're planting him in the garden, make sure he has a fair amount of space so that he can stretch out.
He'll be more than happy in our multi-purpose compost when you're planting him out of his nursery pot and into a decorative one/your garden. Give him some feed in June and September so he'll really thrive.
He likes his soil to stay evenly damp; give him some water if it hasn't rained in a while, but don't overdo it. Check to see if the earth is dry at the top before you douse him.
Going the extra mile
If you want him to look funky fresh, give him a good snip with a pair of sanitised shears or scissors in spring. He'll take easily to whatever shape you give him.