‘Carolina Sunset’

‘Carolina Sunset’

Ternstroemia gymnanthera 'Carolina Sunset' PP33362

Bright yellow foliage with copper red new growth creates a sunset of color on this compact cleyera. Useful in foundation plantings or mass plantings. Best when protected from afternoon sun.

Sunset Zones

4–9; 14–24

USDA Zones

0°F to 10°F USDA zones 7–9

This plant isn't suitable for your USDA Zone 10b

‘Carolina Sunset’ Features

Plant Dimensions

5–6' high x 5–6' wide

Landscape Use

Border, Container, Hedge, Mass planting

Plant Type


Growth Rate



Full sun to part shade

Special Feature

Disease / Pest Resistance, Easy Care, Heat Tolerance, Returns Year After Year, Variegated Foliage, Winter / Fall Foliage Color, Year-Round Interest


Bright yellow foliage with copper to red new growth

Flowering Season


‘Carolina Sunset’ Plant Care

Water Needs

Medium Water Once Established


Fertilize yearly in spring


Prune in early spring before first flush


Well-drained garden soil

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

Shop for your Sunset plants

Your zip code 90703 is located in Zone: 10b with a temperature range of: 35 to 40 °F.