Cleyera is a plant genus consisting of 18 tender species of extremely evergreen
shrubs to small trees, mostly native to Mexico and Central America, and one from
Eastern Asia. The botanical name is derived from Andrew Cleyer, Dutch physician of
the seventeenth century. The plants are good for a specimen accent hedge or a mixed
border landscape, with great unique bushes and colorful foliage, which make these
plants superior to any other hedge shrubs.
Though they are slow-growing, they can eventually reach 6–10 ft (1.8-3m) high. The
plants grow densely upright with low spreading-branch habit, round-shaped form,
and can kept compact by occasionally tip-cutting. Leaves are glossy, oval-shaped, 6–
10 cm long with dark-green and bronze-red to burgundy tinted to young leaves. Very
fragrant small flowers in creamy white to pale yellow bloom in early summer with
petals free or scarcely coalesced. The pollens can cause mild allergy symptoms.
Fruits are spherical, greenish yellow, then turning red to black.