Cleyera japonica (Sakaki) is an upright evergreen shrub with small, delightfully fragrant, creamy, white flowers in mid summer, often followed by small round black fruits. Plant in cool full sun to light shade with well-drained soil and give regular irrigation. In the Shinto religion this tree is particularly sacred and given the name sakaki. 

Plant Profile
Botanical Name Cleyera japonica
Features Cleyera japonica (Sakaki) is an upright evergreen shrub with small, delightfully fragrant, creamy, white flowers in mid summer, often followed by small round black fruits. Plant in cool full sun to light shade with well-drained soil and give regular irrigation. In the Shinto religion this tree is particularly sacred and given the name sakaki.
Exposure Full sun to partial shade
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 8-11
Mature Size 10' Tall, 10' Wide
Genus Description Cleyera is a genus of about 17 species of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs found in woodland from the Himalayas to Japan, and from Mexico to Central America. They have alternate, leathery, usually linear to ovate-oblong, mid- to dark green leaves. Cleyera species and cultivars are grown for their attractive foliage and bowl-shaped, pale yellow to creamy white flowers, which may be borne singly or in clusters from the leaf axils of the previous year’s wood. Suitable for a shrub border or for growing against a wall. Where not hardy, grow cleyera japonica ‘Tricolor’ in a cool greenhouse. The japonica specie is a bushy, evergreen shrub with narrowly oblong to ovate-oblong, glossy, dark green leaves, to 4in long. Bowl-shaped, fragrant, creamy white flowers, ½ in across, are produced singly or in threes from the leaf axils in summer, occasionally followed in autumn by small red fruit, ¼ - ½ in across, ripening to black.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in acidic potting mix in full light, with shade from hot sun. In growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in acidic, moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist
Pests and Diseases Root rot and leaf spot can occur.

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