Ardisia crenata/Coral Ardisia, Christmas Berry

Ardisia crenata / Ardisia crenata
Prominent red berries borne in clusters beneath foliage
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Prominent red berries borne in clusters beneath foliage

White berries produced on the 'Alba' cultivar

White flowers in spring with previous year's red berries

Fruit and foliage in winter

Fruit at Christmas

Newly planted two year old plants

Close-up of flowers

Plant in flower in late spring

Close-up image of berries in winter

Red berries in winter

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Scientific Name: Ardisia crenata
Common Name: Coral Ardisia, Christmas Berry
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: White, Pink, Red
Light Exposure: Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: White and pink fruited cultivars are available. May freeze to ground, but will return in most cases in zone 8 and higher. With the milder winters of recent years this plant has begun to spread and some people are calling it an invasive species, but eradication is relatively simple if a population becomes too great. Makes an excellent container plant in parts of the country that have hard freezes and plants cannot be planted in the ground.