Japanese Blueberry Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Rosalia, Wa
Question by EverettWidma
September 7, 2005
Is the Japanese Blueberry Tree an indoor plant for our area? I think I have planted 2 of them outside and they wintered over the last 2 years. They are in a fairly protected area. They don't seem to be making much growth, so I need some advice as to what I should do.


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Answer from NGA
September 7, 2005

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Elaeocarpus decipiens, the Japanese Blueberry Tree, is hardy only to about 40F. If yours have wintered over in Everett, it's because they are in a protected area. They grow best in full sun, with moderate amounts of water. I think that moving them out of the protected area may be risky, but it may encourage additional growth. If you're happy with where they are planted, and you know they will survive winter weather, you may want to put up with slow growth as opposed to dead plants.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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