Cleyera shrubs are mostly native to Mexico and Central America, but have become extremely popular in the southern United States. Most of these shrubs are rated for growing zones 7 - 10.
These bushes are frequently used as hedges but can also tolerate shade. They have great foliage and have tiny fragrant white flowers in the spring and summer. Cleyera also produce berries in the fall, which are a food source for wildlife over the winter. These shrubs are also deer resistant.