Elaeocarpus decipiens, Japanese Blueberry
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Elaeocarpus decipiens (Japanese Blueberry Tree) - A beautiful, broad-leaved evergreen large shrub or tree, typically growing 20 to 35 feet in height with an equal spread but may become larger with time as trees in nature are known to be nearly twice as tall. It has dense compact growth and nice branching structure with spring flushes of bronze growth that matures to a lush and shiny dark green elliptical leaves (size) Previous year's leaves also add color as they turn a nice orange color and linger for several months prior to dropping and then attractively littering ground. In summer, and nearly hidden within the canopy, appear the lightly fragrant small cream-colored flowers that hang downwards with delicate dissected fringed petals. The flowers are followed by the small oblong bluish purple colored fruits that give this plant its common name. Plant in full sun or partial shade in a decently well-drained soil and water regularly at least until well established. Though not a "drought tolerant" species, it does grow well enough, at least in cooler coastal gardens, when given only occasional irrigation but it noted as best with fairly regular irrigation such as it would get growing in a lawn.