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Ardisia escallonoides

Ardisia escallonoides Schiede & Deppe ex Schltdl. & Cham.

Island Marlberry, Marbleberry, Marlberry

Myrsinaceae (Myrsine Family)

Synonym(s): Icacorea paniculata


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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Size Class: 12-36 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb


Native Distribution: S. FL through the West Indies to Mex.
Native Habitat: Shell ridges; cabbage palm hammocks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, ridge soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available


Description: 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


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Ardisia escallonioides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ardisia escallonioides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ardisia escallonioides


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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