The Q&A Archives: japanese cleyera

Question: i bought two japanese cleyera shrubs from one of your stores and one died in about 120 days and the other is looking so-so.does this plant need special care? please advise.

Answer: Cleyera prefer acidic soils so I wonder if your shrubs are planted near a sidewalk or concrete foundation which could be leaching, making the soil too alkaline? You might want to test the soil (test kits are available in garden centers). Cleyera prefers a soil pH of 4 to 6.5. They also grow best in dappled to part sun. If they are receiving all day sunshine, they may be cooking. Hope this information helps you determine just why your Cleyera are declining. Best wishes with your landscape!

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