Ardisia japonica

(Japanese Ardisia, Marlberry)


$29.99


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Ardisia japonica, commonly known as Japanese ardisia or marlberry, is a low-growing, coarsely-textured, stoloniferous, woody evergreen shrub which spreads by underground runners to produce a succession of upright stems rising to 8-12” tall. Stems are clad with thick, glossy, leathery, serrulate-margined, opposite or subwhorled, elliptic to lanceolate leaves (each to 3” long) which are densely concentrated near the branch ends. It is native to mixed forests or bamboo woods, hillsides, and dark damp places in southeastern China, Japan and Korea. Japanese ardisia will rapidly spread by suckers to form a dense ground cover shrub for shady areas of the landscape. It can produce large colonies over time. Small, five-petaled, white to pale pink flowers (each to 3/8” diameter) bloom in July-August in 3-5 flowered panicles. Flowers are followed by showy red drupes which ripen to black in fall.

This plant is one of the 50 Fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. It is used for a large number of different medical applications including treatment of bronchitis.

Description

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10 where it is easily grown in average, acidic, moist but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Foliage may burn in full sun locations. Prefers organically rich soils. Intolerant of dry soils. Avoid wet soils. Freely self-seeds to the point where it has escaped gardens and has the potential to naturalize in optimum growing conditions.

Additional information

Common Name

Japanese Ardisia, Marlberry

Botanical Name

Ardisia japonica

Container/Amount

3 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Average

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade

Height

6-12"

Width

1-3'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

Summer

Flower Color

white/pink

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

Berry Color

red

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