Sakaki
Cleyera japonica

Family: Theaceae (tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cleyera (klay-YER-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Atmore, Alabama

Hamilton, Alabama

Ledbetter, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Greensboro, North Carolina

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Katy, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 6, 2007, Buddmorm from Hamilton, AL wrote:

I have a few small shrubs of cleyera japonica. The shrubs are established here 3 years in a partially shaded area, and seem to need more light because they are leaning over toward a sunnier spot...(I'm planning on moving them). They are currently growing in soil that is probably acidic since they are beneath oak trees. We are in a terrible drought this year but they survived the lack of rain and I only watered them once or twice. The shiny leather-like leaves are beautiful deep green and at the (apex?) the stems are a bright red. Up close they are beautiful and wonderful to the touch. In the fall and winter, the leaves take on a mottled appearance of bronze, burgundy and gold but they are green again the next season. I've never seen these 3 year olds bloom yet. Their beauty is in th... read more

Neutral

On May 4, 2007, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This shrub is commonly grown as a landscape plant along the gulf coast. They are somewhat boring to look at and therefore have never been a favorite of mine.

Neutral

On May 2, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

Cleyera japonica (do not mix up with Japanese Cleyera, species Ternstroemia gymnanthera) comes from the humid forests of China and Japan, where itīs known as Sakaki. It is a short tree or shrub that reaches 5 m tall. It has shiny, deep green, evergreen foliage, with medium sized leaves (6-10 cm long). The flowers are small, scented, axilar, with cream coloured petals. The fruits are globous or conical capsules.

It is hardy in zone 7, but I donīt know how much heat it can take. It needs full sun to partial shade, high moisture and fertile but acidic soil. There is a variegated cultivar, on which the leaf edges are white.