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Ardisia escallonoides Schiede & Deppe ex Schltdl. & Cham.
Island marlberry, Marbleberry, Marlberry
Synonym(s): Icacorea paniculata
USDA Symbol: ares
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Root Type: Tap Leaf Shape: Elliptic Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb
DistributionUSA: FL Native Distribution:
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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff