Sakaki (Cleyera japonica)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 10 to 15 feet but may attain heights to 30 feet.
Plant Spread: 8 to 10 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Shiny, dark green above, pale greenish-yellow below; new leaves emerge with a bronze tint.
Fruit: Showy
Other: Small red berries maturing to black.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Useful for timber production
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 12, 2018 8:32 PM

A neighbor gave me a 12-inch plant 3 years ago when I admired her bush with its cherry-size red fruit. They aren't edible, but that's what they look like and they're very ornamental. She keeps a few plants that came up from the seeds that fall around her 6 foot bush. Mine's in a 4-gal. pot and is now 4 feet tall & 3 feet wide. It flowered in May and the cherries are forming now (June). The shiny green and bronze leaves make it an attractive evergreen patio potted plant. So far, no bugs or diseases bother it.

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