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Japanese Blueberry

Elaeocarpus decipiens

 

 

Informal hedge or Specimen

Not Native

 

This beautiful accent is under-used because not many people have discovered it.

But its good looks, low maintenance requirements, and small size make it ideal for plant nuts and armchair gardeners alike.

The narrow form fits in almost anywhere, even in areas of limited space.

As landscape trees, these make great substitutes for holly trees.

The tree produces small white flowers in spring followed by dark blue inedible berries in fall and winter. The dense foliage is a lush deep green with an occasional bright red leaf.

Most people leave the tree's foliage full to the ground - though you can  trim up the base for a more classic tree look.

It can be manicured to use in formal designs or branch-trimmed occasionally for use in more casual, eclectic landscapes.

Japanese blueberries are versatile trees - they can be used very effectively for privacy, specimen trees, backdrop plantings, or even in "natural" groupings.

Unless you're very young or extremely patient, buy a larger size since the rate of growth is slow.

 

Type: Evergreen

Average size in the landscape: 12'Tx4'W

Average height: 8-12'

 

Color: Small White flowers in spring with dark berries in

fall.

Bloom Time: Spring

Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water Usage: Medium