HOUSTON --TreeTown USA has been awarded a patent for a new variety of Japanese Blueberry, ‘Morning Sun’ PP #29,266, that features a vibrant red-orange flush while reaching heights up to 40 feet as a shade tree or kept smaller as a sheared and shaped accent plant.
This newest cultivar of Elaeocarpus decipiens, often called a Japanese Blueberry Tree, was selectively chosen for its distinctive attributes as a fast, dense grower. The enhanced dense foliage can easily be maintained to a conical shape for a formal presentation or to provide outstanding screening. This combination makes it a perfect choice as an ornamental evergreen accent tree within the zone 8-10 landscape. At maturity, random leaves will turn vibrant red once again during leaf transition in the fall. Once established, it’s a very hardy and drought-tolerant tree. It makes an excellent street tree but is also suitable for lawn or park tree planting. ‘Morning Sun’ grows well in full sun or partial shade, and prefers well-drained soil and regular water until established.
“TreeTown USA offers landscape professionals and garden retailers regionally appropriate plants that are unique, patented, and exclusive for both residential and commercial uses,” said Ron Ciaccio, company director of sales for the Southeast region. “Our regionally-focused introductions represent breakthroughs in plant breeding and, as such, reflect our commitment to increase our internal investment in new plant varieties while allowing designers and architects to create signature designs.”