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Ternstroemia is native to the woodlands of tropical Asia, Africa, North and South America.
Very tough evergreen shrub with leathery leaves and bunches of small, white flowers.
|Plant Types:||Perennial, Shrub|
|Light:||Shade to Full Sun|
|Height:||10 feet to 14 feet 11 inches|
|Width:||6 feet to 10 feet|
|Zones:||7a to 10a|
|Bloom Seasons:||Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring|
|Special Features:||Attractive foliage, Not North American native|
|Shape:||Oval, Upright or erect|
|Fertilizer:||Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food|
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Sow seeds when ripe in containers in a cold frame. Can also propagate from semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.
Evergreen trees and shrubs. Ternstroemias can grow to approx. 6-8 ft. tall but is usually seen as a pruned shrub 3-4 ft. tall with a 4-6 ft. spread. Grows best in partial shade. T. gymnanthera is the most cultivated species. Works well as hedge or in a shrub border. Also good against a shady wall or as an ornamental plant. Less hardy species should be grown in a cool greenhouse.
Blooms solitary or small clusters of flowers followed by greenish yellow fruit that turns red. The flowers have multiple stamens.
Ternstroemias require average to a lot of water. Does best in humus-rich, acidic soil that is well-drained yet kept moist.
Implement a balanced liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis during the growing season.
Shoots of evergreen species should be trimmed after the flowering period. Remove dead/damaged plant parts in midspring. Trim hedges after flowering has occurred. Plants grown indoors may require extensive pruning.