Elaeocarpus reticulatus (Blueberry Ash) is a strikingly beautiful and hardy plant.
Described as either a small tree or tall shrub, this evergreen species grows between 3-15m tall and 3-5m wide. It has a dense crown of foliage, and an approximately conical form. Elaeocarpus reticulatus needs little maintenance to thrive, surviving well in low nutrient and dry soils (although it performs best when well-watered). This species grows in a range of light intensities, from shade through to full sun. The flowers and fruits are undoubtedly the loveliest features of this species. They often appear on the plant together, so providing a stunning double display. The extended fruiting season (April – October) often sees the fruit remaining on the plant into the next flower season (October – January). This special quality results in a long ornamental display of flowers, fruits or both together, almost all year round.
Height: 3-15 M Tall
Width: 3-5m Wide
Foliage: Dense crown of foliage and an approximately conical form.
Flowers: fruits and white and sometime pinkish flowers
Elaeocarpus reticulatus is naturally found in a wide range of environments, from moist gullies through to rocky ridge outcrops and sandy coastal scrubs. Elaeocarpus reticulatus is an endemic Australian species, occurring all along the east coast from Fraser Island, Queensland down to Flinders Island, Tasmania. The warmer temperate conditions along the coast suit this species, and it is not found at cooler high altitudes or in areas experiencing frosts.
Elaeocarpus reticulatus can be used as a focal specimen tree for its flowers, fruit and foliage qualities. It also grows well in large tubs or containers. After pruning, it will resprout thickly, making it an excellent hedging plant.
It is not a demanding plant upon soils but it doesn’t favor sandy, water logged soils.
It occurs naturally in many eastern coastal regions and does extremely well in warmer to temperate climates.