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Ternstroemia gymnanthera/Cleyera

Ternstroemia gymnanthera / Ternstroemia gymnanthera
Foliage and flower buds in spring
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Foliage and flower buds in spring

Mature shrub that has been clipped

Fresh emerging foliage in early spring

If unclipped this evergreen shrub can grow into a small evergreen tree

Makes an excellent privacy hedge, but needs clipping a couple times each year

Relatively young evergreen shrub that has likely been trimmed

Flowers that do not have a major ornamental value but can be reasonably showy

More typical upright form of the cleyera

Relatively young plant placed too close to building to grow naturally

Close-up image of shiny, leathery foliage

Creamy colored spring flowers

Flower buds and foliage

Foliage and flower buds

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Scientific Name: Ternstroemia gymnanthera
Common Name: Cleyera
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Yellow, Red
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Comments: This is a popular upright growing evergreen shrub in the South. It produces shiny, leathery foliage and will grow in a wide range of conditions provided that the soil is well drained. It can tolerate full sunlight to partial shade. This evergreen can be used as a small specimen evergreen tree standing alone and is equally effective used in mass as a privacy hedge. The only major pest is leaf spot, but is not normally severe if plants are growing in reasonable conditions.