Japanese Blueberry Tree In Container - Knowledgebase Question

West Linn, OR
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Question by eberlem
February 22, 2001
I am looking for something to plant in a larger patio container to replace an Arborvitae. I saw the Japanese blueberry tree in a magazine. It is shown in a container but based on the information here, it looks like it will grow rather large. Is this a suitable plant to put in a container?

Answer from NGA
February 22, 2001
You're right about the ultimate size: Japanese blueberry tree, Elaeocarpus decipiens, grows 30 to 60 feet tall and about half as wide. Usually it is recommended as a street, lawn, or park tree. However, if you'd really like to try the tree, you could maintain it in a large (3 or more feet in diameter) container for several years at least.

It's an uncommon and interesting tree. Good luck!

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