Japanese Blueberry Tree
In its native range Japanese Blueberry Tree is a 40 ft to 60 ft tall tree, but the ultimate size is unknown in our region and smaller cultivars are the most common plants in the Texas nursery trade. Young plants are frequently planted as hedges or screens, but they may quickly out-grow these uses on small sites. The few older plants in the region tend to be come or open of canopy with age. Dark glossy evergreen leaves, red senescing leaves, and blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) like flowers are the primary assets.
Plant Habit or Use:
Shrub, large shrub, tree, small tree, medium tree, tropical
sun, partial sun
Greenish white to white, inverted urn-shape, fragrant.
Small olive-like drupe, green maturing to blue-black.
potentially 40 ft to 60 ft
potentially 20 ft to 40 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: Low Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: High Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Medium Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: Medium Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Medium Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
8, 9, 10, 11
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
Click image for enlarged map of USDA Hardiness Zones
Region A - Panhandle and High Plains• Region B - North and Central Texas• Region C - Northeast and East Texas• Region D - West Texas• Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
More tolerant neutral to slightly alkaline soils than traditional broadleaved evergreens such as Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias. Cold tolerance is minimal in USDA zone 8.