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Maleberry Ardisia japonica

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Maleberry:

Phonetic Spelling
ar-DIS-ee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah
Description

Ardisia japonica spreads by suckers. This plant does not tolerate foot traffic and is not drought tolerant. It prefers cool, moist soil.

Texture: medium to coarse

Form: Nonaggressive mat spreader

Cultivars:
  • 'Hakuokan'
  • 'Sures marginata'
Tags:
#red#white#evergreen#pink#showy flowers#partial shade#heavy shade#white flowers#pink flowers#deep shade#showy#shade tolerant#full shade#winter interest#spreading#mat#low#low plant#red fruits#ground cover
Cultivars:
  • 'Hakuokan'
  • 'Sures marginata'
Tags:
#red#white#evergreen#pink#showy flowers#partial shade#heavy shade#white flowers#pink flowers#deep shade#showy#shade tolerant#full shade#winter interest#spreading#mat#low#low plant#red fruits#ground cover
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Ardisia
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Primulaceae
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    shade
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    This plant has .25-in. red fruit in fall which persists into winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    This plant has .5-in., star-shaped, 5-petaled, pink and white flowers in small groups in spring.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has shiny, alternate, leathery, dark green leaves crowded at the end of branches. The leaves have sharply serrated margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heavy Shade