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Elaeocarpus decipiens (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Elaeocarpus decipiens (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Zones 8, 9, 14-24, H1
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Elaeocarpus decipiens

Japanese Blueberry Tree
Elaeocarpaceae
Evergreen, Trees

Evergreen tree from Japan and China. Grows to 30–60 ft. tall and 20–30 ft. wide, with a densely branched upright habit. New leaves are rusty and hairy, turning smooth and bright green as they mature. Oldest leaves eventually drop, turning red before they fall. Blooms come in summer, producing tiny, scented white flowers in 1 1/2–3-in.-long clusters; these are followed by blue-black fruits that look like small olives.

This is an attractive street or lawn tree. Grow it in rich, well-drained soil. Needs little pruning.

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