Japanese Blueberry Tree

Japanese Blueberry Tree

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Type Ornamental, Specimen Tree
Scientific Name Eleocarpus decipiens
Cold Hardiness Extremely Cold Hardy
Light Needs Full sun
Flower Color No flower
Fruit No fruit
Water Needs Moderate
Leaves Dark Green Leaves
E/D Evergreen
Canopy Dense pyramidal shape
Mature Height 20 Feet
Mature Width 6-10 Feet
Growth Rate Medium

An interesting tree from the Land of the Rising Sun, the Japanese Blueberry is all about leaves, from crown to ground. Their oblong shapes seem to swirl about the trunk, in dense fashion, to give it a highly textural appearance. More like a shrub than a tree, its conical shape stands well by itself, as an accent, or functions efficiently as a barrier hedge. Its moderate growth rate may rarely need pruning. You can let it have its way, depending on its closest neighbor; it can grow from 6-10 feet wide.

Another interesting feature of this tree happens in the spring. Hairy, bronzy new growth eventually becomes deep glossy green leaves until the fall, when older leaves turn bright red just before dropping. Our horticulturist friend tells us that planting some Sword Fern in the shade of this tree will add a woodsy look and a row of them will make a great wind break, if you need one.

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