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Ardisia

Marlberry
Myrsinaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

This genus comprises 150 shrub species, but only the two Asian natives (Ardisia crenata, Ardisia japonica.) are typically grown.

Ardisia crenata, photo courtesy of JTB Photo/Photolibrary
Ardisia crenata, photo courtesy of JTB Photo/Photolibrary

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Ardisia crenata

In warmest frost-free climates, often grown in the ground or in patio planters. Most familiar as a 1 1/2-ft., single-stemmed houseplant; in a large tub, though, it can reach4 ft. tall and almost that wide. Spirelike clusters of tiny white or pinkish flowers bloom in spring, carried above the shiny,wavy-edged, 3-in.-long leaves. Houseplants require indirect light in summer, several hoursof direct sun in winter.

Ardisia japonica
Ardisia japonica

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Ardisia japonica

In warmest frost-free climates, often grown in the ground or in patio planters. Most familiar as a 1 1/2 ft., single-stemmed houseplant; in a large tub, though, it can reach 4 ft. tall and almost that wide. Spirelike clusters of tiny white or pinkish flowers bloom in spring, carried above the shiny, wavy-edged, 3-in.long leaves. Houseplants require indirect light in summer, several hours of direct sun in winter.

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