Japanese Blueberry Tree

A Few Interesting Facts About The Japanese Blueberry Tree

The Elaeocarpus decipiens, otherwise known as the Japanese blueberry tree is definitely a unique species while primarily being an evergreen, offers a display of tiny white flowers.  This shrub can easily be turned into a tree with the proper attention and trimming.

The Japanese blueberry tree can grow anywhere from 30 feet tall to an amazing 60 feet tall and up to 40 feet wide.  The foliage at first may seem a bit hairy and undesirable when it is young but as time goes on and the tree matures then the leaves turn a really pleasant light green shade.  A much lighter green then you would expect at first.  The tree is technically an evergreen so it will happily maintain its beauty to your landscaping all year long.  When summer arrives, the Japanese blueberry tree will produce clusters of tiny white flowers and after the flowers bloom, the bluish-black berries will follow close behind.

A hardy zone such as 8b to 11 is recommended for planting a Japanese blueberry tree.  They can survive, however at a zone that is a bit out of this range but the chance of having successful and quick growth is then greatly decreased.  The soil for the Japanese blueberry tree needs to be extremely well drained with a high pH balance, preferably between 6.6 to 7.8.  When choosing a location for your tree it should always either be in partial shade or full sun as it is a tree that thrives off of sunlight.

Watering is extremely important with the Japanese blueberry tree.  You must not over water it, yet you need to be sure to provide consistent watering until the tree has fully matured.  This means that you really need to take the time to check and make sure that the area around the tree allows for proper drainage.  If the soil feels dry three inches under the soil surface, then it is time to water your Japanese blueberry tree.  It is also recommended that you invest in a really good fertilizer near the beginning of springtime to assist the tree to grow rapidly.  This tree will attract plenty of bumblebees and butterflies so you must be prepared for that invasion as well.  If you are highly allergic to bee stings this may not be the tree for you or it may need to be placed far enough away from the house and patio so you aren't bothered.

The Japanese blueberry tree makes a really quaint little hedge, ideally because the fruit from this tree, when dropped, will not stain your driveway or sidewalk.  The tree appears much more tropical in appearance to your traditional evergreen which brings a bit of mystery to your landscaping.  This is one that is not easily found though but those that have the tree agree that the search for it is well worth the prize.

The Japanese blueberry tree is ideal anywhere that you have room in your landscaping to allow it to grow and mature.  It presents a gorgeous green foliage that most people enjoy using as a backdrop to gardens, fountains or a corner landscaping presentation.  The discreet little flowers that bring along the berries give this tree that “double look” appeal.  At first glance, passer-by's might think it is an evergreen but it will require at least one or two more good looks to realize it is something much more rare and intriguing.  It is a quite simple tree to care for, aside from watering and a perfect addition to anyone's landscaping.  The only flaw about the Japanese blueberry tree is having the ability to actually find one so if you're lucky enough to stumble upon one, snatch it up before someone else does!


 

 


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