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Ternstroemia gymnanthera

Common Name(s):
Cleyera, False Japanese Cleyera
Cultivar(s):
'Burnished Gold'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Upright to rounded oval broadleaf evergreen. Salt spray tolerant - hence excellent for NC coastal areas; very similar to and often sold as Cleyera japonica; can be severely pruned; moderate growth rate.

Height:
8-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, leathery, lustrous, dark green leaves; 2.5-4 in. long; new growth is bronze, reddish purple to red; reddish bronze winter color when grown in sun
Flower:
Cluster of 0.5 in. white to yellowish white flowers on previous season's growth; 1 in. green to red speckled fruit in fall
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil; may winter burn in full sun; does not tolerate poorly drained soils
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright oval to rounded; densely branched, billowing
Width:
5-6 ft.
Tags:
cpp, salt spray, coastal, colorful leaves, salt tolerant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1809

Ternstroemia gymnanthera Ternstroemia gymnanthera branch and leaf detail
Jennifer Snyder, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Ternstroemia gymnanthera Ternstroemia gymnanthera fruit
Urasimaru, CC BY-NC-2.0
Ternstroemia gymnanthera Ternstroemia gymnanthera Burnished Gold
JC Raulston