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Cleyera japonica - Sakaki

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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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.  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Cleyera japonica.