The Q&A Archives: Elaeocarpus decipiens (Japanese Blueberry Tree) drainage requirement

Question: Will this plant do well in a heavy soil that is likely to be wet? The site has a history of Phytophthora.

Thank you for your input.


Answer: Elaeocarpus decipiens requires rich, well draining soil for best performance. It will be prone to root rot if planted in heavy, wet soils. If you want to plant a Japanese Blueberry Tree and you know the soil is heavy and wet, why not plant it in a raised berm so you have some control over the soil moisture content? Good luck with your tree!

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