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ARDISIA humilis

Image of Ardisia humilis

James H. Schutte

Family

Myrsinaceae

Botanical Name

ARDISIA humilis

Plant Common Name

Ardisia, Low Shoebutton

General Description

This Southeast Asian native is a tender evergreen shrub with shiny, leathery, dark green leaves. New foliage may be tinged red. Waxy, long-lasting, pink flowers occur in spring followed by red berries that turn purplish black as they mature in autumn.

This shrub prefers moist, well drained soil and partial shade. It is grown primarily for its foliage and makes an effective low hedge, foundation plant, or potted specimen. It self-sows prolifically and has become invasive in Florida and other areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4'-15' / 1.2m - 4.6m

  • Width

    4'-12' / 1.2m - 3.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Southeastern Asia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Magenta

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Purple, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes