The Bronze Beauty Cleyera is the most petite cleyera shrub in the Southern Living Plants Collection. Growing to heights of 8-10′ H x 5-6′ W, this evergreen shrub makes for a fantastic hedge screen. It’s much smaller than either LeAnn Cleyera or Bigfoot Cleyera Shrubs
Young foliage on the Bronze Beauty starts as a light bronze green and develops into darker metallic-sheen emerald green. At the beginning of fall, the foliage transforms deep green leaves into a breathtaking scarlet bronze that changes the landscape entirely. This plant is receptive to pruning or shearing and will hold shape nicely. Plant the Bronze Beauty in part shade to full sun and slightly acidic soil for best performance.
When your shrub needs a trim, spring will be the best time to do so. Instead of simply shortening the stems from the tips, cut them back towards the center of the plant. Cutting them back to the plant will encourage new side branches to grow and allow them to retain their shape and style, but clipping the tips will encourage bushiness.
Hardy from USDA Zones 7 – 10. Once fully established, this shrub is capable of withstanding temperatures between 0° and 30°.
Cleyera tolerates full sun but grows best in partial shade environments. You will want to be sure that your soil is rich and retains moisture pretty well, but will also shed off any excess. Soil should also be acidic with a pH within the 5 – 6.5 range. Alkaline soil may lead to a reduction of bronze and green foliage and instead produce foliage with tones of yellow.
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You will want to place your Bronze Beauty in well-draining, nutrient-rich soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a sturdy root system. Alkaline soil is not tolerable for this Cleyera, nor is over-watering. Excess watering will lead to root rot and black spotting of the foliage.
While both are Cleyera, they are pretty different but equally wonderful broadleaf evergreen shrubs. If you were to look at these plants side by side, you would quickly notice the differences. While the buds of the Cleyera Japonica are sharp and hooked, the buds of a ternstroemia are small and rounded.
In addition to its dense and upright evergreen growth, the Bronze Beauty Cleyera is a fairly fast-growing shrub. In ideal conditions, it is not uncommon for these to add over 3 feet in a year. Because of this fast growth and size potential spacing is an important factor.
For a seamless appearance, you will want to place your Bronze Beauty 4 feet apart. If you are going for an approach that will cover more area you may plant them 7+ feet apart.
Planting tips for Acid Loving Plants
Plants arrived in a package that was intact. Absolutely, no damage. Well worth trying from this place. Thanks.
Cheryl (verified owner) –
Very pleased with my beautiful Bronze Beauty Cleyeras. Excellent packaging to avoid soil loss, smooth shipment. They arrived during an unusually long, rain-drenched 2021 spring in Texas, and were kept sheltered in containers for awhile to avoid drowning. New growth continued before & after planting. They are thriving and gorgeous. Thank you!
Mark O (verified owner) –
I ordered 9 of these. Every one of them arrived well packaged and in vibrant condition. Unboxed them and gave them some water. Planted the next day. Within 3 weeks they were all showing new growth. The new leaves are bronze, turn a light green and then a dark green. Simply beautiful and interesting plants. So impressed with this company, I’m checking the website to see what else I could use.
bankergaj (verified owner) –
The plant was healthy and arrived on time. Impressed with packaging.
K (verified owner) –
I ordered 3 plants. The came in 2 shipments. They were packaged nice and securely. I was pleasantly surprised with the condition they were in. Of course there was some worry when ordering live plants and having them shipped but the worry was for nothing. They arrived beautifully!