Ardisia japonica 'Chirimen'Item #0291 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 9
An excellent low-growing shrub that works well as evergreen groundcover for shady beds, borders, and woodland gardens, particularly under the cool, dark canopy of large trees. The dense, glossy, dark green foliage is accented by ornamental red fruit in late summer that persists into winter. A wonderful choice for water gardens and containers.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.Average Landscape Size:Moderately fast growing; forms dense mat 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:ar-DIZ-i-a ja-PON-i-kaDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:6, 15 - 17Growth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Moderately fast growing; forms dense mat 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Late Summer to FallFlower color:WhiteGarden styleAsian/ZenDesign IdeasA useful partial shade groundcover that fills in gaps in planting. Excellent for tightening up the lawn edge or creating green carpet beneath older flowering shrubs with exposed legs. An exceptional choice for the woodland forest floor to discourage weeds and to add bright berry color. Works nicely on northeast or west exposures where few plants thrive and in side yards between multistory buildings.Companion PlantsJapanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Hosta (Hosta); Pachysandra (Pachysandra); Columbine (Aquilegia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in organically rich, moist, acidic, well-drained soils, clear of heavy foot traffic. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun exposures. Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil; does not tolerate soggy soils or drought. Space 2 to 3 ft. apart as a groundcover; closer for faster coverage. Control weeds with mulch until plants fill in.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Partial sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more.
- History & LoreHistory:This shrub is included in the small Nutmeg Family which contains just a few genera from warm parts of the world. This genus contains about 250 species distributed over tropical and subtropical regions around the world except Africa and Australia. The species is native to Japan and China where it is valued as a medicinal. It was classified by Karl Blume in the 19th century.Lore:The bark of Ardisia is the part considered medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine.