Ardisia crenata Sims

Coralberry, Spiceberry, Coral Ardisia

In pot

In pot


Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Ardisia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 8 to 10

Size: 30" shrub

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


Deep, rich soil preferred. Does not like wet feet. White flowers and red berries - grown more for the berries than the flowers. Deer resistant. Dark green serrated leaves. Considered a pest in frost-free parts of Florida.



Native to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Philippines.

Published in Bot. Mag. 45: 1950 in 1817.


My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in November 2009 and kept it in the conservatory for the first two winters. The berries have been spectacular. In late winter 2012 I planted it in the 'Almost Shade Garden'.

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