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Bigfoot Cleyera Japonica

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Bigfoot Cleyera Japonica
Ternstromia gymnanthera  'Bigfoot' PP13680

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of  USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a, where this Cleyera variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Bigfoot Cleyera Japonica is a fast-growing, large shrub or small tree that features attractive, glossy light to medium green evergreen leaves. The colorful new growth produced throughout the season emerges light green turning to dark green in summer and displays red-bronze hues in fall.  Cleyera is an excellent substitute for the disease-prone Red Tip Photinia known for its high susceptibility to leaf spot in some regions. Bigfoot Cleyera produces orange-red holly-like fruit in winter. 

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 12 to 15 feet tall and 6-7 feet wide, Bigfoot Cleyera is ideal for use as an accent, to frame corners, or to fill large spaces between windows or against open walls in home foundation plantings  It also serves as a very attractive evergreen hedge or background in sunny to partially shaded landscape borders. Remove lower branches and you have a very attractive small tree useful as a specimen in sunny to partly shaded areas. A fine addition to tropical look gardens and Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Suggested Spacing: 5-6' for solid hedges; 12' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Japanese Cleyera are easy to grow in a range of soils and full sun to part shade. They prefer a moist but well-drained soil however are exceptionally tolerant of dry soil conditions when established. They do not require pruning, however can be pruned to a formal shape or to form a small tree.

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Plant Details

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  12-15'
Width at Maturity:  6-7
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  NA
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, Light Green, Red -Bronze Hues in Fall
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Holly-Like
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun, Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Afternoon Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Very Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry when established
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0 
Maintenance / Care:  Average to Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect

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