Ardisia - Marlberry

Ardisia is a genus of shrubs native to the Americas, Asia, Australia, and areas of the Indonesian archipelago. The name refers to pointed structures in the flowers. There are about 250 known species, but only a few are grown commercially. A common name is Marlberry.

A. japonica is one of the principal herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine. Foliage is leathery. White flowers appear late spring to early summer, followed by long-lasting red berries. Maximum height ranges from 6 inches to 12 inches. It thrives in full sun to partial shade in USDA climate zones 6 to 10. Loamy, well-drained soil with pH ranging from 5.1 to 6.5 is recommended. It performs very well as a ground cover.

To learn more, read our article Ardisia, What A Lovely Surprise.

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