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Ardisia escallonioides (Island Marlberry)

Island Marlberry, Marbleberry, Marlberry, Icacorea paniculata

Ardisia escallonioides, Island Marlberry, Marbleberry, Marlberry, Icacorea paniculata,  White flowers, Black Berries
Ardisia escallonioides, Island Marlberry, Marbleberry, Marlberry, Icacorea paniculata,  White flowers, Black Berries

Ardisia escallonioides (Island Marlberry) is a bushy evergreen shrub or small tree with slender, upright branches clothed in thick, glossy, oblong, dark green leaves, 3-4 in. long (7-10 cm). Blooming intermittently throughout the year, with peak flowering in summer through fall, pleasantly fragrant creamy-white flowers adorned with showy yellow anthers, appear in dense, terminal clusters, 5 in. long (12 cm). They are followed by a profusion of small, edible, reddish berries that turn shiny and black when mature. Birds and small mammals feast on them. Native throughout Central and South Florida, Island Marlberry is a tough, resilient plant valued for its beauty and its resistance to drought and salt. Versatile, it can grow in sunny and shady landscapes, as a specimen plant or as an evergreen hedge or screen.

  • Grows up to 12-20 ft. tall (360-600 cm) and 6-12 ft. wide (180-360 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy or calcareous, dry to moist, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade.
  • Great for coastal gardens, tropical gardens, native plant gardens or as a flowering hedge or screen.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Can be pruned or trimmed to control shape or size
  • Propagation by seed. Germination usually takes six months.
  • Native to Florida and the Caribbean region.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Primulaceae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' - 20'
(3.7m - 6.1m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Primulaceae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 12' - 20'
(3.7m - 6.1m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Spacing 36" - 60"
(90cm - 150cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Florida
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Do I Need?

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