Ardisia japonica (Thunb.) Blume

Marlberry, Japanese Ardisia, Maleberry

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Ardisia

Category: Groundcover

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: 6 to 12" tall, spreading 18"

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Shade


Evergreen groundcover. Pink flowers in spring and red berries in winter. Dark green glossy leaves. Prefers cool moist soil, well-drained. Spreads by suckeres but not aggressively.


'Andre the Giant' - very large berries

'Ito Fukurin' - silvery-green leaf edged in white


Native to China, Japan, Korea and South Taiwan.

Introduced to cultivation in 1834.

Published in Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind. 13: 690 in 1826.


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