coral ardisia

Primulales > Myrsinaceae > Ardisia crenata Sims
Synonym(s): hen's eyes

Coral ardisia is a small shrub that ranges from 2-6 ft. (0.6-1.8 m) in height. The evergreen leaves are leathery, dark-green and 4-8 in. (10-20 cm) long. The flowers are inconspicuous, pink to white and develop in the late spring and early summer. Fruit are persistent, deep red berries. The seeds are easily spread by birds. Coral ardisia thrives in shade and deep, rich soil, but can survive in any non-saturated soil. This plant is a native of Southeast Asia and was introduced into Florida as an ornamental around 1900. Coral ardisia does not fare well in cold areas, as a hard freeze will kill the plant.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources


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Plant(s);
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Sarah Braun, Beaver Creek Reserve, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Sarah Braun, Beaver Creek Reserve, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Ann Murray, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); fruiting
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); fruiting
Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Ann Murray, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

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  • Alabama - IPC List
  • Florida - EPPC list
  • Georgia - EPPC list


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