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Marlberry
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Marlberry
Marlberry
Marlberry (Ardisia)
Known for their showy berries, marlberry are often domesticated as houseplants or garden additions. However, they tend to escape cultivation, and even the wild species have come to be considered noxious weeds in several areas. Besides shading out native plants, the members of marlberry are also considered toxic to livestock.
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1 m
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80 cm
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Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
15 - 38 ℃

Scientific Classification of Marlberry

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Marlberry, a low-care plant genus, thrives well indoors and in outdoor shade. It prefers bright, indirect light and regular watering without waterlogging, and favors warm climates (60-85°F). A well-draining soil mix, slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6-7), suits marlberry best. Challenges include insects like scale insects, aphids, and spider mites, plus issues like root rot and leaf spotting. Seasonally, marlberry requires more water and light in summer, less in winter, and consistent care in spring and autumn.
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8 most common species:
Ardisia crenata
Christmas berry
Christmas berry is a small shrub that is used extensively for ornamental and horticultural purposes. It is a favorite houseplant thanks to its bright red berries, waxy foliage, and simplicity of maintenance. While the christmas berry is especially popular during the holidays, its berries last throughout the year.
Ardisia japonica
Marlberry
Marlberry is famed for its red berries and is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. Also, it has a high decorative value and a number of cultivars. In Japan, it is used as one of the main decorations during the Japanese New Year, along with winter jasmine. In some parts of the world, it has escaped cultivation and has become an invasive species.
Ardisia crispa
Japanese holly
The japanese holly is a dense evergreen shrub commonly used in topiaries. It produces brightly-colored fruit that adds a pop of color to landscapes. Japanese holly takes well to pruning, so size and space management concerns are rarely a problem. These shrubs are very resilient but have a slow growth rate.
Ardisia sieboldii
Siebold ardisia
It is an evergreen shrub but is sometimes quite tall. The height is usually about 2 m to several meters, but sometimes it reaches 10 m. The trunk diameter can also be 60 cm. The branches are grey-brown to grey-red, with light brown scale hair when young. Leaves are alternating, narrow oval to fall oval, or narrow oval oval. The leaf tip is round, the edge is smooth and the base gradually narrows or suddenly narrows, followed by a petiole of about 5 to 8 mm in length. The size of the leaf blades is 7 to 12 cm long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, the leaf quality is thick and the surface is not glossy. The front surface is green, the back surface is pale green, the middle ribs protrude, and the side veins come out at a large angle and are thin and numerous. In addition, there are pale brown scaly hairs when young. The leaves turn grayish brown when dry. The inflorescences come out from the leaf buds above the branches and become scattered or scattered. The branches of the inflorescence are thick, 2.5 to 5 cm long, the floret is 7 to 10 mm long and has brown scaly hairs. The fruits are spherical and ripen in black-purple, and the size is 7 to 8 mm.
Ardisia escallonioides
Marlberry
Marlberry is a popular shrub in gardens due to its attractive berries and leaves. It is toxic to humans and pets, so it should be planted away from high human and pet traffic areas. Its berries are a food source for birds, making it popular for birdwatching enthusiasts.
Ardisia pusilla
Tiny Ardisia
Tiny Ardisia is a diminutive evergreen with glossy, dark green leaves that cluster densely on wiry stems. Its small, star-like white flowers blossom in sheltered, shady habitats, giving way to vibrant, red or purple berries. The fruit's vivacity contrasts with its understory backdrop, helping to attract the birds that aid in seed dispersal, ensuring the plant's proliferation in its ecological niche.
Ardisia quinquegona
Incense Tree
Incense Tree is characterized by its glossy, evergreen leaves arranged in striking whorls of five, a pattern that distinguishes it in shaded forest undergrowth. The plant produces clusters of delicate, pinkish-white flowers along its stems, which later give way to striking red berries, providing year-round visual interest and sustenance for local wildlife, thus reflecting an adaptation to attract pollinators and seed dispersers in its habitat.
Ardisia crenata 'Queen Star'
Christmas berry 'Queen Star'
Distinguished by a compact growth habit, branching, and improved persistence of its berries, the christmas berry 'Queen Star' offers flowers throughout the summer. It was discovered as a mutation of the Ardisia crenata. The meaning of its name is unknown. The christmas berry 'Queen Star' is of interest to gardeners who hope to add a houseplant to their home during winter. While the christmas berry 'Queen Star' is not considered a hardy plant, its red berries offer gardeners winter seasonal interest.

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Christmas berry
Ardisia crenata
Christmas berry
Christmas berry is a small shrub that is used extensively for ornamental and horticultural purposes. It is a favorite houseplant thanks to its bright red berries, waxy foliage, and simplicity of maintenance. While the christmas berry is especially popular during the holidays, its berries last throughout the year.
Marlberry
Ardisia japonica
Marlberry
Marlberry is famed for its red berries and is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. Also, it has a high decorative value and a number of cultivars. In Japan, it is used as one of the main decorations during the Japanese New Year, along with winter jasmine. In some parts of the world, it has escaped cultivation and has become an invasive species.
Japanese holly
Ardisia crispa
Japanese holly
The japanese holly is a dense evergreen shrub commonly used in topiaries. It produces brightly-colored fruit that adds a pop of color to landscapes. Japanese holly takes well to pruning, so size and space management concerns are rarely a problem. These shrubs are very resilient but have a slow growth rate.
Siebold ardisia
Ardisia sieboldii
Siebold ardisia
It is an evergreen shrub but is sometimes quite tall. The height is usually about 2 m to several meters, but sometimes it reaches 10 m. The trunk diameter can also be 60 cm. The branches are grey-brown to grey-red, with light brown scale hair when young. Leaves are alternating, narrow oval to fall oval, or narrow oval oval. The leaf tip is round, the edge is smooth and the base gradually narrows or suddenly narrows, followed by a petiole of about 5 to 8 mm in length. The size of the leaf blades is 7 to 12 cm long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, the leaf quality is thick and the surface is not glossy. The front surface is green, the back surface is pale green, the middle ribs protrude, and the side veins come out at a large angle and are thin and numerous. In addition, there are pale brown scaly hairs when young. The leaves turn grayish brown when dry. The inflorescences come out from the leaf buds above the branches and become scattered or scattered. The branches of the inflorescence are thick, 2.5 to 5 cm long, the floret is 7 to 10 mm long and has brown scaly hairs. The fruits are spherical and ripen in black-purple, and the size is 7 to 8 mm.
Marlberry
Ardisia escallonioides
Marlberry
Marlberry is a popular shrub in gardens due to its attractive berries and leaves. It is toxic to humans and pets, so it should be planted away from high human and pet traffic areas. Its berries are a food source for birds, making it popular for birdwatching enthusiasts.
Tiny Ardisia
Ardisia pusilla
Tiny Ardisia
Tiny Ardisia is a diminutive evergreen with glossy, dark green leaves that cluster densely on wiry stems. Its small, star-like white flowers blossom in sheltered, shady habitats, giving way to vibrant, red or purple berries. The fruit's vivacity contrasts with its understory backdrop, helping to attract the birds that aid in seed dispersal, ensuring the plant's proliferation in its ecological niche.
Incense Tree
Ardisia quinquegona
Incense Tree
Incense Tree is characterized by its glossy, evergreen leaves arranged in striking whorls of five, a pattern that distinguishes it in shaded forest undergrowth. The plant produces clusters of delicate, pinkish-white flowers along its stems, which later give way to striking red berries, providing year-round visual interest and sustenance for local wildlife, thus reflecting an adaptation to attract pollinators and seed dispersers in its habitat.
Christmas berry 'Queen Star'
Ardisia crenata 'Queen Star'
Christmas berry 'Queen Star'
Distinguished by a compact growth habit, branching, and improved persistence of its berries, the christmas berry 'Queen Star' offers flowers throughout the summer. It was discovered as a mutation of the Ardisia crenata. The meaning of its name is unknown. The christmas berry 'Queen Star' is of interest to gardeners who hope to add a houseplant to their home during winter. While the christmas berry 'Queen Star' is not considered a hardy plant, its red berries offer gardeners winter seasonal interest.
Low shoebutton
Ardisia humilis
Low shoebutton
Low shoebutton is an evergreen shrub that's sometimes grown as an ornamental but mostly as an indoor plant. Low shoebutton can become weedy or invasive in tropical and subtropical climates. In fact, this plant is listed as invasive in the U.S. state of Florida and Cuba.
Marlberry
Ardisia squamulosa
Marlberry
Marlberry is a rare tree that is native to the Philippines. It is listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Monitoring Center. The fruit and flowers of marlberry are used to flavor fish dishes.
Ardisia polysticta
Ardisia polysticta
Ardisia polysticta
Ardisia polysticta is a tropical evergreen shrub known for its leathery, lance-shaped leaves, which are dotted with conspicuous yellow to white speckles. The plant produces small, pink to white flowers that give way to vibrant red berries, providing a stark contrast against the dense, glossy foliage. The ornamental appeal of ardisia polysticta is magnified in humid, shaded environments where it can thrive and often forms an attractive understory in forested areas.
Shoebutton
Ardisia elliptica
Shoebutton
Shoebutton is a common shrub from India and Southeast Asia. Though popular for a time as an ornamental plant, its ability to spread rapidly has made it one of the worst invasive species in the tropics. Shoebutton produces masses of small fruits which get eaten by mammals and birds, thus helping the seeds spread.
Chinese ardisia
Ardisia chinensis
Chinese ardisia
Chinese ardisia is an evergreen shrub known for its ornate dark green leaves with wavy margins and clusters of small, delicate pink flowers. Thriving in shaded, moist environments, this robust plant bears bright red berries, adding a splash of color. Its attractive foliage and hardy nature make it a popular choice for understorey planting in gardens.
Ardisia cornudentata
Ardisia cornudentata
Ardisia cornudentata
Ardisia cornudentata is a shrub endemic to China, where it occurs in mixed forests and hilly areas. It produces red drupes that become black as they mature. Its scientific name refers to its horn-toothed leaves; it is coined from the words *cornus* (horn) and *dentatus* (having teeth).
Ardisia villosa
Ardisia villosa
Ardisia villosa
Ardisia villosa is a tropical understory shrub known for its velvety leaves and stems, a feature that likely offers protection from herbivores. The plant thrives in humid environments, exhibiting clusters of small pink to white flowers, later developing into vibrant red berries that serve as a key food source for local wildlife.
Ardisia polysticta subsp. polysticta
Ardisia polysticta subsp. polysticta
Ardisia polysticta subsp. polysticta
Ardisia polysticta subsp. polysticta is a perennial shrub with glossy, evergreen leaves dotted with distinctive white spots. It bears clusters of pinkish-white, bell-shaped flowers followed by crimson berries. Thriving in humid, understory environments, ardisia polysticta subsp. polysticta gracefully adapts to low-light conditions, and its striking berries may provide sustenance for local wildlife.
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Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
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Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
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Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
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Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
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Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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Known for their showy berries, marlberry are often domesticated as houseplants or garden additions. However, they tend to escape cultivation, and even the wild species have come to be considered noxious weeds in several areas. Besides shading out native plants, the members of marlberry are also considered toxic to livestock.
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Attributes of Marlberry

Plant Height
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Leaf type
Evergreen
Ideal Temperature
15 - 38 ℃

Scientific Classification of Marlberry

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How to Grow and Care for Marlberry

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Marlberry, a low-care plant genus, thrives well indoors and in outdoor shade. It prefers bright, indirect light and regular watering without waterlogging, and favors warm climates (60-85°F). A well-draining soil mix, slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6-7), suits marlberry best. Challenges include insects like scale insects, aphids, and spider mites, plus issues like root rot and leaf spotting. Seasonally, marlberry requires more water and light in summer, less in winter, and consistent care in spring and autumn.
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8 most common species:
Ardisia crenata
Christmas berry
Christmas berry is a small shrub that is used extensively for ornamental and horticultural purposes. It is a favorite houseplant thanks to its bright red berries, waxy foliage, and simplicity of maintenance. While the christmas berry is especially popular during the holidays, its berries last throughout the year.
Ardisia japonica
Marlberry
Marlberry is famed for its red berries and is one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese medicine. Also, it has a high decorative value and a number of cultivars. In Japan, it is used as one of the main decorations during the Japanese New Year, along with winter jasmine. In some parts of the world, it has escaped cultivation and has become an invasive species.
Ardisia crispa
Japanese holly
The japanese holly is a dense evergreen shrub commonly used in topiaries. It produces brightly-colored fruit that adds a pop of color to landscapes. Japanese holly takes well to pruning, so size and space management concerns are rarely a problem. These shrubs are very resilient but have a slow growth rate.
Ardisia sieboldii
Siebold ardisia
It is an evergreen shrub but is sometimes quite tall. The height is usually about 2 m to several meters, but sometimes it reaches 10 m. The trunk diameter can also be 60 cm. The branches are grey-brown to grey-red, with light brown scale hair when young. Leaves are alternating, narrow oval to fall oval, or narrow oval oval. The leaf tip is round, the edge is smooth and the base gradually narrows or suddenly narrows, followed by a petiole of about 5 to 8 mm in length. The size of the leaf blades is 7 to 12 cm long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, the leaf quality is thick and the surface is not glossy. The front surface is green, the back surface is pale green, the middle ribs protrude, and the side veins come out at a large angle and are thin and numerous. In addition, there are pale brown scaly hairs when young. The leaves turn grayish brown when dry. The inflorescences come out from the leaf buds above the branches and become scattered or scattered. The branches of the inflorescence are thick, 2.5 to 5 cm long, the floret is 7 to 10 mm long and has brown scaly hairs. The fruits are spherical and ripen in black-purple, and the size is 7 to 8 mm.
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Dracaena
Dracaena
Dracaena are popular house plants that are easy to grow. They can tolerate low-light conditions and require little watering. Their leaves range from variegated to dark green. Their characteristic traits include woody stems that grow slowly but offer a striking appearance for small spaces such as apartments or offices.
Ficus
Fig trees
Fig trees have been cultivated in many regions for their fruits, particularly the common fig, F. carica. Most of the species have edible fruits, although the common fig is the only one of commercial value. Fig trees are also important food sources for wildlife in the tropics, including monkeys, bats, and insects.
Rubus
Brambles
Brambles are members of the rose family, and there are hundreds of different types to be found throughout the European countryside. They have been culturally significant for centuries; Christian folklore stories hold that when the devil was thrown from heaven, he landed on a bramble bush. Their vigorous growth habit can tangle into native plants and take over.
Acer
Maples
The popular tree family known as maples change the color of their leaves in the fall. Many cultural traditions encourage people to watch the colors change, such as momijigari in Japan. Maples popular options for bonsai art. Alternately, their sap is used to create maple syrup.
Prunus
Prunus
Prunus is a genus of flowering fruit trees that includes almonds, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. These are often known as "stone fruits" because their pits are large seeds or "stones." When prunus trees are damaged, they exhibit "gummosis," a condition in which the tree's gum (similar to sap) is secreted to the bark to help heal external wounds.
Solanum
Nightshades
Nightshades is a large and diverse genus of plants, with more than 1500 different types worldwide. This genus incorporates both important staple food crops like tomato, potato, and eggplant, but also dangerous poisonous plants from the nightshade family. The name was coined by Pliny the Elder almost two thousand years ago.
Rosa
Roses
Most species of roses are shrubs or climbing plants that have showy flowers and sharp thorns. They are commonly cultivated for cut flowers or as ornamental plants in gardens due to their attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and cultural significance in many countries. The rose hips (fruits) can also be used in jams and teas.
Quercus
Oaks
Oaks are among the world's longest-lived trees, sometimes growing for over 1,000 years! The oldest known oak tree is in the southern United States and is over 1,500 years old. Oaks produce an exceedingly popular type of wood which is used to make different products, from furniture and flooring to wine barrels and even cosmetic creams.
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