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Ardisia elliptica Thunb

Overview

Appearance
Ardisia elliptica is a tall shrub or small tree that can reach heights of 20 ft. (6.1 m).
Foliage
The leathery leaves are 3-6 in. (7.6-15.2 cm) long, 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide, elliptical and entire.
Flowers
Most flowering occurs in the summer, but flowering can continue year-round. The flowers are small, pink, star-shaped and hang in clusters from the axils of the leaves.
Fruit
Fruits are drupes that are rounded, fleshy, 0.3 in. (8 mm) in diameter, and start out red in color but turn black or purple as they mature.
Ecological Threat
Ardisia elliptica grows well in low, wet areas and in old fields. This species is shade-tolerant. Birds eat the fruit and so disperse the seeds. Ardisia elliptica is a native of Southeast Asia and was introduced into the United States as an ornamental in the late 1800’s.

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Foliage
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Infestation
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Maps


EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Regulated List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their regulated list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Regulated List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Primulales
Family: Myrsinaceae
Genus: Ardisia

Other System Links

Plants: AREL4
Bayer: ADASO
GRIN: 403463
ITIS: 183615
NPDN Pest: PGJABBC
NPDN Host: 37431

Categories

Category: Hardwood Trees
Category: Shrub or Subshrub