Japanese Blueberry Tree (Elaeocarpus decipiens)

Japanese Blueberry Tree

Well, let’s get this bit of business out of the way right off the bat. Japanese Blueberry Tree (Elaeocarpus decipens) doesn’t grow blueberries. It does grow small blue-colored, olive-shaped fruit, but they taste terrible. Birds, on the other hand, flock to these berries like you’ve just planted a shrub full of bird-candy.

What Japanese Blueberry Tree does have for you, though, is the ability to morph into just about any shape you need it to take. This heat-loving tropical (zone 8-10) is a tightly-branched shrub that handles pruning like a champ.

Do you want an impenetrable wall of green around your yard to screen your neighbors? Japanese Blueberry Tree.

Do you want a low evergreen hedge behind your perennial border? Japanese Blueberry Tree.

Do you want a handsome trunk with a cloud of foliage on top? Japanese Blueberry Tree.

Pendulous, bell-shaped flowers in the spring, bird-attracting fruit, glossy evergreen leaves – this is truly a landscapers dream (which is why Landscape Designers all over the South and Southwest love putting this in their designs!)

You’ll love it too, but make sure to order yours soon because supplies are limited. (Don’t live in a warm place? Japanese Blueberry Trees are great patio plants in pots on the porch or patio!)

  • Beautiful Evergreen in Zones 8-10
  • Scented Flowers in Spring
  • Great on the Coast. Not Bothered by Wind and Salt
  • Good Security Hedge

Japanese Blueberry Tree (Elaeocarpus decipiens) Details

Common name Japanese Blueberry Tree
Botanical name Elaeocarpus decipiens
Hardiness zone 8-10
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Summer
Height 25 - 35 ft.
Width 20 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White, Cream
Leaf color Broadleaved Evergreen