Cleyera Bronze Beauty

The Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is a remarkable evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to 3 feet per year, rapidly reaching heights of 10 to 15 feet, with a spread of 6 to 10 feet. Its glossy green leaves are complemented by bright bronzy-red new growth, which appears in spring and continues through fall. Although it produces small yellow-white flowers in spring, the Cleyera is primarily grown for its stunning foliage and its ability to be easily trimmed into hedges and specimens within a few years.

With its fast growth rate, this cultivar is a popular choice for foundation planting, hedges, screens, and shady areas. Additionally, it produces red to black berries, adding another dimension of visual interest. Whether used as a backdrop or as a focal point in a garden or landscape, the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is sure to impress.

  • Fast-growing evergreen bush with a dense habit
  • New growth is bright bronzy red – as good as flowers
  • Ideal for neat hedges and specimens
  • Good choice for woodland and coastal areas in hot zones
  • Grows well in sun or shade

If you’re looking for an evergreen bush that provides a fast-growing, attractive, and low-maintenance option for your garden, look no further than the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera. This stunning bush can grow up to 3 feet per year, quickly reaching 10 to 15 feet in height and spreading out 6 to 10 feet wide. Its glossy green leaves are accented by striking bronzy-red new growth, which lasts from spring through fall.

While it does produce small yellow-white flowers in the spring, the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is primarily grown for its stunning foliage and its ability to be easily clipped into hedges and specimens within just a few years. It’s the perfect addition to any garden, especially for foundation planting, hedges, screens, and shady locations.

The Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is also incredibly versatile and can grow in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. In warmer zones, it benefits from afternoon shade to protect it from leaf scorch. It can thrive in most well-drained soils, including clay, and prefers rich, moist, slightly acidic soil. Once established, it has moderate drought resistance and can resist salt spray, making it ideal for coastal gardens. Plus, it’s generally free of pests and diseases, and can be trimmed at any time from spring to fall.

The Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is the perfect option for those who want a beautiful, low-maintenance evergreen bush in their garden. Its stunning foliage adds an air of maturity and permanence to any garden, tying together the more showy plants and creating a peaceful atmosphere. So, if you’re looking to add some greenery to your outdoor space, consider the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera.

The Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is a remarkable evergreen shrub or small tree that grows up to 3 feet per year, rapidly reaching heights of 10 to 15 feet, with a spread of 6 to 10 feet. Its glossy green leaves are complemented by bright bronzy-red new growth, which appears in spring and continues through fall. Although it produces small yellow-white flowers in spring, the Cleyera is primarily grown for its stunning foliage and its ability to be easily trimmed into hedges and specimens within a few years.

With its fast growth rate, this cultivar is a popular choice for foundation planting, hedges, screens, and shady areas. Additionally, it produces red to black berries, adding another dimension of visual interest. Whether used as a backdrop or as a focal point in a garden or landscape, the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is sure to impress.

  • Fast-growing evergreen bush with a dense habit
  • New growth is bright bronzy red – as good as flowers
  • Ideal for neat hedges and specimens
  • Good choice for woodland and coastal areas in hot zones
  • Grows well in sun or shade

If you’re looking for an evergreen bush that provides a fast-growing, attractive, and low-maintenance option for your garden, look no further than the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera. This stunning bush can grow up to 3 feet per year, quickly reaching 10 to 15 feet in height and spreading out 6 to 10 feet wide. Its glossy green leaves are accented by striking bronzy-red new growth, which lasts from spring through fall.

While it does produce small yellow-white flowers in the spring, the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is primarily grown for its stunning foliage and its ability to be easily clipped into hedges and specimens within just a few years. It’s the perfect addition to any garden, especially for foundation planting, hedges, screens, and shady locations.

The Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is also incredibly versatile and can grow in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. In warmer zones, it benefits from afternoon shade to protect it from leaf scorch. It can thrive in most well-drained soils, including clay, and prefers rich, moist, slightly acidic soil. Once established, it has moderate drought resistance and can resist salt spray, making it ideal for coastal gardens. Plus, it’s generally free of pests and diseases, and can be trimmed at any time from spring to fall.

The Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera is the perfect option for those who want a beautiful, low-maintenance evergreen bush in their garden. Its stunning foliage adds an air of maturity and permanence to any garden, tying together the more showy plants and creating a peaceful atmosphere. So, if you’re looking to add some greenery to your outdoor space, consider the Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera.

Growing Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera

Size and Appearance

The Bronze Beauty Cleyera is a fast-growing, dense evergreen shrub with an upright habit that adds over 3 feet of height each year in optimal conditions. Within just 5 years, it can reach 8 to 10 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide, and anywhere between 10 to 15 years it can grow to 15 feet by 10 feet, and in some rare cases, up to 40 feet in height. This versatile plant can also be trained to grow as a small tree with one or several main trunks, and the smooth, dark gray bark adds to its charm.

The oval-shaped leaves of the Bronze Beauty Cleyera are 2¼ to 3 inches long and ½ to 1 inch wide with a blunt point, smooth edges, and a leathery texture. They are reminiscent of the leaves of a camellia bush. In the spring, the new leaves emerge in mid-March and continue to grow through the late fall, accounting for the plant’s rapid growth. The young leaves are bronzy-red to gray-purple and turn a rich green after a few weeks. The leaves become a deep green during the winter months.

In May and June, small, slightly fragrant yellow-white flowers appear on older stems at the base of the leaves. The flowers are about ½ to ¾ inch in size, and mature plants can produce hundreds of blooms, each lasting up to a week. However, the plant’s showstopper is its beautiful bronze leaves. In the fall, the flowers produce small reddish to black berries that resemble olives, and regular trimming of the plant can limit the amount of blooms produced.

The Bronze Beauty Cleyera thrives in full sun, partial shade, or full shade, with afternoon shade recommended in warmer zones to protect it from leaf scorch. It can grow in most well-drained soils, including clay, but it prefers rich, moist, and slightly acidic soil. Once established, the plant has moderate drought resistance and resists salt spray, making it an excellent option for coastal gardens. Additionally, the plant is generally free of pests and diseases, making it easy to maintain. With its glossy evergreen foliage, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera is perfect for use as hedges, screens, or in foundation planting, bringing a mature and permanent feel to any garden.

Using Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera in Your Garden

When it comes to creating hedges or maintaining trimmed bushes, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera is an outstanding option. Its steady growth allows it to become increasingly dense, making it a great choice for rounded shapes in the foundation planting around your home. With proper conditions, this shrub can grow up to 10 feet tall, making it an excellent evergreen hedge. For a hedge, simply space plants 4 or 5 feet apart, depending on the desired final height.

This plant also looks fantastic when left untrimmed in more natural areas or as a backdrop for azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons in shrub beds. In zones 9 and 10, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera can even be grown in planters and containers to add an attractive element to your outdoor space.

What’s more, this shrub is tolerant of salt spray, making it an excellent option if you live in a coastal area. The long oval leaves, reminiscent of those found on a camellia bush, add a touch of elegance to any landscape. New leaves appear in mid-March and continue growing through the fall, while the mature leaves darken to an attractive deep green in the winter.

In May and June, small yellow-white flowers can be seen on older stems at the base of the leaves. Although not particularly showy, the hundreds of blooms produced by mature plants each last up to a week. By fall, the flowers turn into small reddish to black berries, about 1-inch long and ½-inch across, like olives. It is worth noting that plants that are regularly trimmed will not produce a lot of blooms.

All in all, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera is a fantastic choice for creating a beautiful, evergreen hedge or adding an elegant touch to any landscape design.

Hardiness

The resilient Bronze Beauty Cleyera is a perfect fit for a wide range of zones, including all the warmer regions from zone 7 and up. While it can also tolerate the warmer parts of zone 6, be mindful that frigid temperatures below 0o Fahrenheit may result in some foliage damage. This adaptable evergreen thrives in the heat, and is found all throughout the South, as well as in Florida and California. It also performs well in the Northeast, making it a versatile choice for gardeners across the country.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

The Bronze Beauty Cleyera, a versatile shrub, flourishes in zones 7 and 8 when exposed to full sun. However, for those residing in warmer regions, providing afternoon shade can shield the plant from potential leaf scorching during the hot summer months. If planted in partially shaded or fully shaded areas, this resilient shrub can still thrive, except in extremely dimly lit regions of the garden.

As for soil types, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera is not too picky and can grow in various soils, including clay, as long as they are well-drained but not overly arid. This shrub does best in rich, moist, well-drained, and slightly acidic soils. Its adaptability to different soils and lighting conditions makes it an excellent choice for gardeners looking for a hardy, low-maintenance option.

Maintenance and Pruning

The Bronze Beauty Cleyera is a sturdy shrub that is typically immune to pests and diseases. It also has a high tolerance for salt-spray, making it an excellent choice for coastal gardens. This shrub can also tolerate some drought and dryness once it has established its roots.

While not as finicky as camellias or rhododendrons, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera may exhibit some yellowing of its leaves when grown in alkaline soils. However, this issue can be remedied by administering chelated iron during the spring and fall months. To keep the shrub looking tidy, it’s recommended to trim it as necessary between spring and fall. In addition, fertilizing it with evergreen fertilizer specifically designed for acid-loving plants during the spring is a good practice, particularly if you plan on trimming it regularly.

Overall, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera is a low-maintenance and versatile shrub that is sure to add beauty to any garden with its glossy green leaves and hardy nature.

History and Origin of Bronze Beauty™ Cleyera

The Japanese Cleyera, also known as Ternstroemia gymnanthera, was misidentified for many years as Cleyera japonica due to its similar appearance. However, the name ‘Cleyera’ has persisted as a common name for this plant. This shrub is native to Japan, Korea, China, India, and parts of Indonesia, and its intriguing name pays homage to Christopher Ternstroem, a Swedish naturalist who explored China and passed away in 1748. Despite being introduced in the 19th century, it remained relatively unknown and probably vanished from gardens until it was reintroduced in the 20th century. Today, it is more commonly cultivated in the United States than in most other countries.

One noteworthy variety of the Japanese Cleyera is the ‘Conthery,’ which was specifically selected for its striking new foliage in 1992 by James B. Berry of Plant Development Services Inc. located in Loxley, Alabama. After carefully studying its unique qualities and development, Berry patented the plant in 2001. Today, the plant is sold under the trademarked name Bronze Beauty™, and it continues to delight gardeners with its stunning appearance and hardy nature.

Overall, the Japanese Cleyera is a fascinating shrub with a rich history and a unique beauty that is sure to add a touch of exotic flair to any garden.