Japanese cleyera: Cleyera japonica

Cleyera, a member of the Theaceae or tea-plant family, is native to Japan and China. The evergreen, summer flowering shrub grows very slowly and when grown in a container will reach 1.5 m (5 ft) in height. The ‘Tricolor’ variety with its dark-green leaves almost 10 cm (4 in) long edged with yellow to creamy-white is a very decorative foliage plant. The fragrant yellowish-white flowers appear in summer.

Cleyeras thrive in partial shade but do not like full sun. The soil must be kept moist at all times and it is best to use soft water. The shrub will benefit from weekly applications of fertilizer until the beginning of autumn.

In winter they should be moved to a light position with a temperature of about 10° C (50° F). Low air humidity will encourage the plant to produce new growth in spring. It can be propagated from semi-ripe cuttings taken in spring. Young plants should be pruned regularly, after which pruning is no longer necessary. Watch out for woolly aphids and scale insects.

17. June 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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