Elaeocarpus decipiens (Japanese Blueberry Tree) drainage requirement - Knowledgebase Question

Orange, CA
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Question by wdarlington
March 23, 2006
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 from NGA
March 23, 2006
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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