2017

 
 

The hardest thing about Japanese blueberry tree (Elaeocarpus decipiens) may simply be finding one in a local plant nursery. This densely branched, upright tree is a superb ornamental that also has great practical value owing to it being an evergreen, making it useful as a tall screen or hedge. And, being evergreen, the Japanese blueberry tree will shed its old leaves, which turn bright scarlet just before leaf-drop and are very eye-catching. The new leaves are bronze colored which mature to a bright green for summer. There are clusters of off- white, oddly beautiful flowers in spring that are also sweet scented. These lead to the fruit which are cobalt and dark blue and a treat for wildlife.

Japanese blueberry tree grows tall, but at a moderate rate, eventually reaching as much as 60 feet in height, which would make a first rate screen. But, it is easy to underestimate how large this tree will get however, so site it carefully. It is considered to be somewhat salt-tolerant, making it suitable for seaside planting. It is also drought tolerant, once established, which makes it suitable for xeriscaping. This rounded tree is even resistant to high-winds making it good for areas with cyclones and hurricanes. It will do best in full sun with a slightly neutral to alkaline soil, and the site must be well-drained. Other than that it requires little else.
It grows well across the southern parts of the US and the warmer coastal areas of North America. It has been reported to tolerate temps down into the teens Fahrenheit. It does well in Australia, New Zealand and the warmer parts of the UK. Japanese blueberry tree has become more popular in the last ten years and is easier to find now, especially in Australia and California nurseries.

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