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

LeAnn Cleyera

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LeAnn Cleyera Japonica
Ternstroemia gymnanthera  'contherann' PP 11737

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  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

LeAnn Cleyera is a fast-growing, large shrub or small tree that features attractive, glossy evergreen foliage. 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 8-10 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide, LeAnn 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' 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-11  Find Your Zone
Shrub Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
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, Orange and Bronze new leaves!
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Insect
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



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