Euonymus fortunei is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae, native to east Asia, including China, Korea, the Philippines and Japan. It is named after the Scottish botanist and plant explorer Robert Fortune.
One of the most popular varieties of Euonymous is Wintercreeper, Euonymus fortunei. Eunonymous is an evergreen shrub that is part of the Celastraceae family and native to East Asia. Wintercreeper's scientific name, forutnei, comes from plant explorer Robert Fortune, while its common name indicates that it will creep higher and higher as it grows. Wintercreeper can climb up to 66 feet as a juvenile plant, if it has support, creeping high enough into the crowns of surrounding trees to get more light. However, it stops creeping as an adult. Without support, the vines can grow to between 5 and 15 feet. It can also be grown as a shrub (up to about 2 feet tall) or as a ground cover (less than 1 foot tall).