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Coral Ardisia Ardisia crenata

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ar-DIS-ee-ah kre-NAY-tah
Description

Coralberry is a small upright shrub that is native to Asia and India in the primrose family. It has escaped into the wild and become invasive in parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. It prefers moist well-drained soils in partial to full shade in woodland settings. The bright drupes can be present all year long but eventually drop to establish seedlings around the parent plant. Birds also help spread the seeds.

It can be grown in a container as a house plant. Otherwise, it is best to choose a native shrub.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
  • 'Crinkled Leaf'
  • 'Variegata'
'Alba', 'Crinkled Leaf', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#red#white#evergreen#partial shade#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#weedy#winter interest#mounding#spreading#red fruits
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
  • 'Crinkled Leaf'
  • 'Variegata'
'Alba', 'Crinkled Leaf', 'Variegata'
Tags:
#red#white#evergreen#partial shade#drought tolerant#white flowers#shrub#pink flowers#weedy#winter interest#mounding#spreading#red fruits
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ardisia
    Species:
    crenata
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan to northern India
    Wildlife Value:
    Songbirds and waterfowl eat the fruits
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has coral to scarlet red, waxy fruit which persists year-round
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    This plant has small, white to pink flowers in lateral sprays. Flowers bloom from May to June.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, leathery, shiny, dark green leaves that are 4- to 8-in. long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Weedy