• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderately fast growing; forms dense mat 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Evergreen Groundcover
    Late Summer to Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ar-DIZ-i-a ja-PON-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Groundcover
    Sunset climate zones:6, 15 - 17
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Moderately fast growing; forms dense mat 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Late Summer to Fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    The bark of Ardisia is the part considered medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine.