Ardisia Escallonioides (Marlberry)

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Description

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Ardisia Escallonioides (Marlberry) is a tree or shrub which can grow to a height of 50 feet (ca. 15 m) in ideal circumstances such as in Florida’s coastal hammocks. Yet it is commonly 20 to 25 feet (7.62 m) tall in cultivation. The crown has upright branches and an irregular to rounded shape with dense foliage. And, it has whitish scaly bark.

 Also, the dark green leathery leaves are alternate, elliptical, simple and up to 7 inches (17.78 cm) long. The small fragrant flowers are white or pink with purple lines or dots and borne as showy terminal clusters. While, the red juicy fruits are borne in dense bunches, resemble blueberries, ripen to black, and are about 3/8 inch in diameter. They contain a single seed and are edible but are said to not be very tasty.

 In cultivation, Marlberry prefers well-drained soils with an organic top layer. In landscaping, it is an attractive tree or shrub thanks to its leaves and colorful fruits. Furthermore, birds eat the fruits; and the seeds are used for propagation. It is well suited for gardens and parks. It can also be used as a specimen tree or pruned to form a hedge. Ardisia Escallonioides (Marlberry) is an ideal choice for native tree gardens.

Additional information

Common Name

Marlberry

Florida Native

Yes, FL Native

Origin

South Florida, West Indies

Flowering Season

Spring-Autumn

Flower Color

N/A

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

High Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Slow Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Part Shade to Full Shade

Plant Type

Evergreen

Shape

N/A

Gallons

25 gal., 25 gal. bush, 50 gal., 50 gal. bush, 65 gal., 65 gal. bush, 100 gal., 100 gal . bush, 200 gal., 200 gal. bush, 300 gal., 300 gal. bush