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Cleyera Japonica is a fast-growing, large shrub or small tree that features attractive, glossy evergreen foliage. More details below!

Cleyera Japonica

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Cleyera Japonica
Ternstroemia gymnanthera 

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

Cleyera Japonica is a fast-growing, large shrub or small tree that features attractive, very shiny evergreen leaves that provide a tropical look in the landscape. The colorful new growth produced throughout the season emerges in shades of burgundy, orange and red. Cleyera is an excellent substitute for the disease-prone Red Tip Photinia.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 6 to 12 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide, 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 Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  8-12' +
Width at Maturity:  6-8' +
Spacing: 5-6' for solid hedges; 12' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Dense, Broad, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Pale Yellow
Flower Size:  Small
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green, Burgundy, Orange and Red new leaves!
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
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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