Japanese Blueberry (Elaeocarpus decipiens)
The Japanese Blueberry Tree, Elaeocarpus decipiens, is an exotic, upright growing, evergreen tree popular in Southwestern landscapes. Native to Japan, this widely used hedging and topiary tree provides almost year-round interest. Part of its elegant beauty comes from the lush evergreen foliage. Bronze-colored leaves emerge in the spring, which eventually matures to a luxurious shiny dark green color. As the old growth falls, an attractive brilliant reddish-orange color shows itself in the dying leaves. This new growth contrasts beautifully with the old growth.
Homeowners are sure to appreciate the low maintenance features associated with this Japanese Blueberry Tree. In fact, it requires very little pruning. It is heat tolerant and cold hardy, so you can expect eye-catching beauty all year long. Flowers bloom in the summer, with tiny, scented flower clusters attracting a variety of pollinators, butterflies, and birds. Deer love this tree, too. The flowers are a harbinger of the attractive but inedible bluish/black fruit that seems to resemble blueberries.
This slow-growing exotic beauty thrives in full sun and will require regular watering until it is established. Due to its slow growth rate, buy as big as you can for instant beauty in your landscape. Homeowners may want to plant this Japanese Blueberry Tree along a fence for use as a privacy hedge. If grown into a larger tree, you can expect a decent amount of shade. Since it is an excellent topiary tree, you may choose to have it shaped into columns for a stunning formal landscape.
Beautiful trees such as this Japanese Blueberry Tree are sure to add value to any home. Feel free to speak with our nursery pro and ask us about placement ideas. Moon Valley Nurseries offers vibrant and healthy specimens ready to be planted into your landscape. You buy it and we can deliver and plant it!
Evergreen tree often used for hedge material
Resilient characteristic colorchanging leaves
Dense growth habit with multiple upright growing branches.