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TERNSTROEMIA gymnanthera (BRONZE BEAUTY™)

Image of Ternstroemia gymnanthera 'Conthery' (BRONZE BEAUTY™) PP11735

James Burghardt

Family

Theaceae

Botanical Name

TERNSTROEMIA gymnanthera 'Conthery'(BRONZE BEAUTY™) PP11735

Plant Common Name

Cleyera , Japanese Ternstroemia , Sakaki

General Description

Bronze Beauty™ cleyera is a tough evergreen shrub. It has a rounded, compact habit and glossy green leaves. The foliage is light bronze when it first emerges, turns deep green in summer and develops red-bronze hues in the fall. Cleyera is pest and disease resistant and tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.

Ternstroemia gymnanthera is a dense, rounded, evergreen shrub native to southeastern Asia. Its leaves are spatula-shaped and grouped at the ends of the branches. They emerge bronze, mature to glossy dark-green, and may turn reddish bronze in winter. Fragrant, small, creamy-white flowers appear in loose clusters at the ends of the branches or from the joint between the leaves and the stems in late spring or early summer. Red, fleshy holly-like fruits follow the flowers and persist through winter.

Selection 'Conthery' grows in just about any soil from moist to dry and sandy to clay, however moist, acidic, well-drained soils are preferred and partial shade is best. Avoid alkaline and very heavy wet soils. Outside its hardiness range it can be grown as a greenhouse specimen or tub plant. Bronze Beauty™ cleyera needs little pruning and but responds well if needed. This lovely shrub is good as an accent plant, screen, in containers or as a small patio tree or hedge.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, Southeastern Asia, China, Japan, Korea

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Red, Dark Green, Bronze

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No