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PlantFiles: Asian Cleyera
Ternstroemia gymnanthera 'Copper Crown'

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ternstroemia (tern-STROE-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: gymnanthera (jim-NANTH-er-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Copper Crown


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DustyDS On Oct 22, 2009, DustyDS from Sugar Valley, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought 3, 1 gal. containers of this shrub on sale, and wound up with 7 sturdy plants out of it...They seem to be very happy growing in red clay soil ammended with manure...They are still producing new growth this late in the season...The foliage is very glossy and a beautiful mix of colors...So far, so good..

Neutral louparris On Jun 10, 2008, louparris from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have been told that this plant works well in our area. I have just now started it, so the jury is still out.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gaylesville, Alabama
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Miramar Beach, Florida
Cartersville, Georgia
Powder Springs, Georgia
Paulina, Louisiana
Germantown, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Spring, Texas

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