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Old 08-25-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Magnolia TX
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Just planted a Japanese Blueberry tree on the side of my house as a privacy barrier.

I told the nursery that it will only get about 4 hours of direct sun per day. They said it should be fine.

I am a bit concerned as I am reading that it prefers constant sun.

Anyone have thoughts? Thanks
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Old 08-25-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: British Columbia
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It should be okay. Expect it to go into transplant shock for 2 or 3 months though, and it may lose a lot of leaves but new leaves will grow back. If you were in Japan then 4 hours of direct sun might not be the most desirable amount of sun exposure but it would still grow. But you aren't in Japan, you're in Texas in a different latitude and climate with more climate extremes and UV & IR extremes than what those trees are naturally adapted to. Consider the differences between Texas and Japan with regard to latitude, sun UV intensity, seasonal temperatures and climates. At higher latitudes with cooler, wetter temperate climates, like in Japan, those Japanese blueberry evergreens can tolerate more hours of direct sun in the summer, and they get to take a rest from sun in the winter because Japan gets less sun in winter than Texas does. In Texas it's a different story and if they get too much direct sun and higher UV exposure, coupled with Texas usual summer heat and dryness, and more sun exposure in winter than what they're adapted to, those trees can become fried. Japanese blueberry trees are not very heat and drought resistant, the roots need to always stay cool and they like lots of water so make sure you give it plenty of water for the first couple of years after planting to make sure it puts down a really good deep root system.


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Old 08-25-2017, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Magnolia TX
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It should be okay. Expect it to go into transplant shock for 2 or 3 months though, and it may lose a lot of leaves but new leaves will grow back. If you were in Japan then 4 hours of direct sun might not be the most desirable amount of sun exposure but it would still grow. But you aren't in Japan, you're in Texas in a different latitude and climate with more climate extremes and UV & IR extremes than what those trees are naturally adapted to. Consider the differences between Texas and Japan with regard to latitude, sun UV intensity, seasonal temperatures and climates. At higher latitudes with cooler, wetter temperate climates, like in Japan, those Japanese blueberry evergreens can tolerate more hours of direct sun in the summer, and they get to take a rest from sun in the winter because Japan gets less sun in winter than Texas does. In Texas it's a different story and if they get too much direct sun and higher UV exposure, coupled with Texas usual summer heat and dryness, and more sun exposure in winter than what they're adapted to, those trees can become fried. Japanese blueberry trees are not very heat and drought resistant, the roots need to always stay cool and they like lots of water so make sure you give it plenty of water for the first couple of years after planting to make sure it puts down a really good deep root system.


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Thanks for all the good info.
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Old Today, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Japanese Blueberry- (Elaeocarpus Decipiens) Experiences

That may help.
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