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ARDISIA japonica 'Hakuokan'

Image of Ardisia japonica 'Hakuokan'

Family

Myrsinaceae

Botanical Name

ARDISIA japonica 'Hakuokan'

Plant Common Name

Hakuokan Japanese Ardisia, Japanese Ardisia, Marlberry

General Description

Marlberry is a low, suckering, evergreen shrub native to East Asia. The cultivar 'Hakuokan' has whorled gray-green leaves with powder-white, slightly scalloped margins. Pale pink summer flowers give rise to clusters of bright red berries in fall and winter.

Marlberry does best in shade and humus-rich acid soil. It makes an excellent ground cover, foundation plant, or potted specimen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Thicket/Colonizing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Bark Color

    Burgundy, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes