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Bronze Beauty Cleyera

Ternstroemia gymnanthera ‘Conthery’

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How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

About Me

Standing between 5’-10’+ tall and 5-6’ wide at maturity, this shrub will not cease to offer the garden diversity in decorative potential. Most commonly used in a hedge application, it may also be used in a more spaced application, adding dynamic height and texture to the garden. Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera may also be trained to creep across a courtyard wall or pruned to grow as a tree. Its evergreen attributes make it a spectacular addition to any garden, holding its leaves through the year thus providing texture, color, and shape even in the winter months. Note that in climates colder than zone 7, the shrub may be planted in containers for the growing season then brought indoors to a sunny site during the harsher winter months. Container planted shrubs will have a smaller growth habit than planted trees, maintaining a more compact size of 2-3’ tall and 2-2.5’ wide.

  • Newly emerging leaves exhibit lovely bronze color
  • Dynamic shape, texture, and color year-round
  • Perfect in rich, slightly acidic soil settings
  • Versatile shaping opportunities for a vast number of ornamental settings
  • Tolerant of salt

Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera prefers full to moderate sun exposure and fertile, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. Soil should be tested to ensure success of this shrub in the garden. Achieving a pH between 5 and 6 will create a great environment for this shrub to flourish. If you need to, you may acidify your soil with an acidification agent recommended by your local garden center. During the winter months it is a splendid idea to mulch Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera to protect it from cooler winter temperatures that could be harmful to its roots. Mulching will also aid in the long-term process of keeping the soil slightly acidic to promote idea growing conditions.

Plant Hardiness Zones 7-10
Mature Width 5-6
Mature Height 5-10
Soil Conditions Grows in Acidic Soil
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Moderate Dought Tolerance
Zones 7-10

Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera will provide a stunning backdrop to any ornamental setting. Since this lovely perennial is not necessarily picky about having full sun or partial sun, it adds to its versatility. Plant Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera as a border for an already busy colorful lush garden and you will have a beautiful boundary. It may also be used as a single specimen, and will become the star of the show! With its bronze springtime color and fall leaves, it can add the dynamic color you’re looking for at the center of the courtyard. When uninhibited, it will grow to be a multi-trunked tree with a formidable presence. It may also be a backdrop for the patio, creeping along the wall, gracing the space with appealing color, texture, and shape all year.

Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera grows at a moderate rate, allowing ample time for it to take its desired shape in the garden. Left untended, it has the potential to reach heights of 10+ feet (in ideal growing conditions and with little competition) and 5-6 feet wide. Unless pruned and trimmed to a specific shape, its natural habit will be shrub-like initially and in later years more tree-like as its trunks thicken. If pruning is intended, prune in spring, following flowering to ensure minimal interruption of its growth cycle and optimize pruning efficacy. For more compact shapes, prune from the outside-in (towards the center), snipping branches at a slight angle just above a leaf bud to encourage lateral growth. For a more natural tree-shape, prune from bottom-up, leaving the higher branches unpruned. For tidiness, select desirable branches to keep and prune undesirable branches back to the trunk. For wall-training, prune limbs with disagreeable placement and gently train the remaining branches to chosen wall.

Growing Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera

A versatile plant with lovely bronze springtime color and evergreen during the summer months, Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera may be grow in a variety of settings, performing best in zones 7-10. Plant as a hedge surrounding a colorful flower garden, a centerpiece in the courtyard, a backdrop to your patio, or in a container on the porch. The options are endless!

Planting Location

Specific attention should be given to soil quality, noting that Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera prefers fertile, well-drained, slightly acidic soil (with a pH between 5 and 6). This shrub will thrive in full sun or partial sun. Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is also a suitable specimen for container planting! Plant in the center of a pot and surround with colorful accent plants. In climates cooler than zone 7, container planted Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera should be brought indoors for the cold winter months and returned to its outdoor spot once temperatures have become more moderate in springtime (50-55 degrees Fahrenheit).

Upon planting, make sure to water the new shrub well and keep the moisture level moderate so as not to stress the plant during its initial two years of establishment. Watering may be reduced during the winter months to a third of the frequency. Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera will become more resistant to drought and learn to fend for itself after its second year – but it is essential that it receives even and regular amounts of water during the first two years. Fertilizing is also essential for optimal health of Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera. When planning for the shrub’s placement in the garden, note its potential size and age. Bronze Beauty™ may live up to 30 years in optimal conditions, so it is important to choose a location where it can grow and flourish. Untended, it will behave more like a shrub in its young years and a tree as it grows older.

Care and Maintenance

During the first two years of establishment, make sure to keep the soil moderately moist for the duration of the growing season. You may reduce your watering frequency by about a third during the winter months since the plant is not actively growing during this period. Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera responds well to pruning. Always prune in springtime. To prune for compact grow, select desired distance from center, then prune branches just above a leaf bud to encourage lateral growth. To prune for tree-like habit, trim branches from the bottom-up, flush with the trunk. To prune for a clean and tidy, open habit, simply select desirable branches and trim undesirables back to the trunk. Fertilize your Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera on a weekly basis with a liquid fertilizer during its establishment (especially the first year). After that, fertilize established trees at a rate of 2-3 times per year.

Pests and Diseases

Resistant to most pests and diseases, Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera’s greatest threat is spider mites. Attention should be given to the management of this pest if it becomes evident in your garden. Note also that if you are growing this shrub in an indoor-dwelling container, attention should be given to the climate. If the shrub is living in a warm/hot dry climate, spray the plant daily with a spray bottle of water to discourage spider mite infestation.

History and Origins of Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera

Not a native of North America, this beautiful plant may be found in the wild in Eastern Asian countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Myanmar, northern India, Nepal, and Thailand. In these countries the Cleyera may be spotted in the hills, basins, and forests. In Japan, the tree holds a specific scared meaning to the Shinto religion, the branches being used during rituals.

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Bronze Beauty Cleyera

Ternstroemia gymnanthera ‘Conthery’

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