Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Ardisia crenata (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Ardisia crenata (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 15-24, H1, H2
Partial SunNo Sun
Partial, Shade
Regular Water
Moderate

Ardisia crenata

Marlberry
Primulaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

ARDISIA

This genus includes 150 shrub species, but only the two Asian natives (A. crenata and A. japonica) are typically grown. Both are valued for their attractive foliage and ornamental red berries that persist during winter.

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 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.

You Might Also Like...

Chorisia speciosa

Grows to 3–5 ft. a year for the first few years, then more slowly to an eventual 30–60 ft....

Begonia, Trailing

These have stems that trail or climb, depending on how you train them. They bloom sporadically during ...

Curcuma alismatifolia

This perennial from Thailand is not unlike a tulip in appearance (hence the common name), but it&rsquo...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement