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Impulse buy, Now I have questions.

Posted by bradleyo 6a-Pgh (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 16, 12 at 16:12

I bought this cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera) for $10. It seems to prefer morning sun, however the place I have in mind is on a west wall. Can this possibly be happy in a warmish zone 6? Every single source also seems to say zone 7a. We generally don't get below zero, which seems to me that I might have a chance? Any zone 6'ers with experience with this one. Howfar from my wall should I plant it?

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RE: Impulse buy, Now I have questions.

According to Floridata and also Southern Living, Cleyera is a zone 8 plant. Not sure why they would sell this up your way. Not really an ideal house plant, either since they grow to be a pretty large shrub up to 20 ft tall.

Here is a link that might be useful: Virginia Beach Weather

RE: Impulse buy, Now I have questions.

I'm in sales and on the road every day. I bought it in Cumberland, Md, zone 7. All the sources I've found show it is a zone 7 plant, so I figured it's worth a shot. We rarely get below zero here, and support a host of other traditional zone 7 stuff. From some of the comments I've gotten from others in similar climates, it sounds as if there is a good chance for it here.

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