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Elaeocarpus decipiens/Japanese Blueberry Tree

Elaeocarpus decipiens / Elaeocarpus decipiens
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Typical shrubs in a new garden design in New Orleans


Space dividers

Dense foliage from ground up to top of shrub

Specimen shrub with lower branches removed to form a small evergreen tree

Black date or olive-like fruit hidden among the foliage on mature plants

Immature green and mature black fruit

Space dividers in a New Orleans garden


Makes an excellent privacy hedge of dense, evergreen foliage

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Scientific Name: Elaeocarpus decipiens
Common Name: Japanese Blueberry Tree
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Green
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Green, Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This relatively new introduction to the landscape industry produces dark green, lustrous, leathery foliage and makes a wonderful specimen evergreen upright growing shrub or small evergreen tree in the warm parts of the South. It makes an excellent privacy hedge in the same character as cherry laurel. New emerging foliage has a bronze color. Reported to sustain some tip burn from freezes in Zone 8. Grows best in a moist, fertile, slightly acid to neutral soil and full sunlight to partial shade. Greenish white flowers and olive-like fruit usually hidden among the foliage, but flowers can be fragrant when produced in a mass. Fruit report to be somewhat messy when they drop on paved surfaces.