Ardisia escallonoides Schiede & Deppe ex Schltdl. & Cham.
Island marlberry, Marbleberry, Marlberry
Myrsinaceae (Colicwood Family)
Synonym(s): Icacorea paniculata
USDA Symbol: ARES
A small tree or bushy shrub with long, glossy, oblong leaves. Crown narrow, rounded; branches slender, upright. Flowers are small and white, appearing in dense, terminal clusters. Dark purple fruits appear in spring.
USDA Plants misspelled the specific epithet as escallonoides. Correction made 7/2/13. JAM.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb
Native Distribution: S. FL through the West Indies to Mex.
Native Habitat: Shell ridges; cabbage palm hammocks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, ridge soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is not difficult but takes time. Germination usually takes six months.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ardisia escallonioides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ardisia escallonioides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ardisia escallonioides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff