Height: 20-35'; Spread: 25'
Evergreen with oval form, dense canopy
New leaves are rusty and hairy, turning smooth, dark green. Older leaves turn bright red before dropping.
Small, fragrant, white flowers in 1-1/2 Ð 3" clusters bloom May-July.
Blue-black fruits look like olives.
Brown with lenticels.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Low to moderate. Early pruning will train a good shape; regular pruning needed less frequently in age.
Tolerant of neutral to slightly alkaline soils, but will develop chlorosis if soil has high pH.
- Special Considerations:
Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Older specimens not available yet to evaluate, so all info not known about this tree in San Francisco.
- Notable Traits:
Native to China, Japan. Attractive foliage with high potential for a street tree in protected microclimates with good fertile soils.
Japanese Blueberry Tree