The japanese blueberry tree takes its common name in part from its asian origin. This tree can reach 40-60 feet in height, but typically considerably less in cultivation. The bark is brown with lens-shaped spots. The tree develops a conical crown of evergreen, alternate, simple obovate leaves 3-5 inches long by 3/4 - 1 1/2 inches wide, dark green above lighter green beneath. New leaves are bronze colored; aging leaves turn yellow-orange to red. Flowers are small, fragrant and white to greenish in color, hidden among the leaves. Fruits are small, blue-black, olive-like and showy, attracting birds. The tree is grown from seed. In cultivation, japanese blueberry does best in rich well-drained soils with adequate moisture. It has no reported pest or disease problems. The tree is a desirable ornamental because of its lustrous green foliage, especially the bronze new leaves, and its contrasting blue-black fruits. The fruits can be messy on sidewalks. In addition to its use as a specimen or accent tree in parks and gardens, japanese blueberry can also be allowed to produce multiple trunks and be pruned as a large privacy hedge.