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Chirimen Marlberry

Ardisia japonica 'Chirimen'

Pronunciation: ar-DIZ-ee-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh
SKU #00291
6-9

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OVERVIEW
Description 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.
Light Partial sun
Watering Keep soil consistently moist.
Blooms Late Summer to Fall
Mature Size Moderately fast growing; forms dense mat 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Ornamental Berries, Fast Growing, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Clumping
STYLE
Landscape Use Container, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket
Design Ideas A 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.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Hosta (Hosta); Pachysandra (Pachysandra); Columbine (Aquilegia)
CARE
Care Thrives 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.
HISTORY
Lore The bark of Ardisia is the part considered medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine.

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