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Ternstroemia gymnatheria, Japanese Cleyera

Common Name: Cleyera

Type: shrub

Family: Theaceae

Zone: 7 to 11     Find Your Zone

Height: 10 to 12 feet

Width: 7 to 10 feet

Bloom time: late spring

Bloom color: insignificant

Sun exposure: sun to shade

Soil: acidic, well drained

Leaves: evergreen

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen  


This plant thrives in sun or shade. Due to its abilities to thrive anywhere, Cleyera makes a great privacy screen. Cleyera is also a quick grower. It was used to take the place of the Red Tip Photinia after incurable disease hit them. 


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type.
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.

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Posted 2015-05-21T15:53:06+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL