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Products > Cleyera japonica
 
Cleyera japonica - Sakaki
  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Theaceae (Teas)
Origin: Japan (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Cleyera japonica (Sakaki) - An upright billowing evergreen shrub from humid forests of Japan, Korea and mainland China, where it grows to be a small tree. Typically in cultivation it grows to 8-12 feet tall to 6-10 feet wide with rounded 3-4 inch long leaves that are dark green above and dull olive green below with reddish-bronze new growth. The small delightfully fragrant creamy-white flowers appear in mid summer and are often followed by small round black fruit. Plant in cool full sun to light shade with well-drained soil and give regular irrigation. Listed as hardy to at least USDA Zone 7 so this plant should be cold hardy to 5 F. In the Shinto religion this tree is particularly sacred and given the name sakaki. It is sometimes confused in the trade with the related but very different Ternstroemia gymnanthera.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cleyera japonica.