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Ardisia japonica "Marlberry"

Ardisia japonica makes a wonderful ground cover for areas in full sun to partially shaded spaces for winter exposure. The evergreen foliage is glossy, slightly textured and has a leather like feel to the touch. We like the use as a companion plant for winter containers to add texture and evergreen foliage to pansies, violas and other accents. Although it is considered a ground cover, use in your containers as a height component.

For a ground cover, Marlberry makes a good option other that Pachysandra in our warm southern region. Plants will spread by suckers.
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Ardisia japonica
  • Planting & Care

Size & Spacing

  • Bed Spacing: 15-18"
  • Container Spacing: 8"
  • Mature Height: 8-12"

Planting Type

  • Containers
  • Ground Cover


  • Early Spring
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter


  • Perennial


  • Partial Sun
  • Shade

Water Requirements

  • Low *


  • Light Feeder

Growth Characteristics:
Excellent ground cover for shrub borders, and naturalized woodland areas

* Low Water Requirement:
After this plant is well established, it has a lower than average water requirement. A good layer of mulch will also help reduce water needs.