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Marlberry Japanese Ardisia

(Myrsinaceae Ardisia Japonica None)

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    Japanese Ardisia is a moderate growing shrub that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6B through 6B. It matures to an average height of 1 inch to 1 foot and an average width of 6 inches to 1 foot, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides morning sun with afternoon shade and grows best when planted in loam soil that is well drained. In the fall Japanese Ardisia produces white flowers. The foliage is medium green in color.

    Japanese Ardisia can be useful in the landscape along woodland borders and also in theme gardens.

    More About Japanese Ardisia / Marlberry...

    Ardisia japonica, also known as Marlberry, is a fairly rare, beautiful, evergreen groundcover with 1/2" pink star-shaped flowers in spring followed by abundant red berries in the fall and throughout the winter.  The berries are not particularly preferred by birds unless other food is not readily available. The attractive, glossy, dark green leaves are heavily serrated on the edges and cluster in whorls at the stem tips. Plants spread by underground runners and by seeds, reaching about 10 inches or so in height. 

    Ardisia can be grown indoors or out. Outdoors, Ardisia is usually planted as a groundcover in shade gardens or foundation plantings. Indoors it makes a great container plant. 

    Ardisia is easy to grow. It is a good choice for areas with shade or morning sun. Plant it in a moist, fertile, well-drained, acid soil. If temperatures drop below 20 degrees F in your area, plant in a protected location.  Few pests or diseases are of major concern.

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