Chirimen Marlberry

Ardisia japonica 'Chirimen'

Excellent groundcover for partial shade, around water gardens, in containers and hanging baskets. Moderately fast-growing for a quick cover. Attractive red berries in late summer lasting into winter. Evergreen. Partial sun. Clump-forming to 6 to 8 inches tall, 2 to 3 feet wide. Cutting grown.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical Pronunciationar-DIZ-ee-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh
LoreThe bark of Ardisia is the part considered medicinal in traditional Chinese medicine.
Average Size at MaturityModerately fast growing; forms dense mat 6 to 8 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Mass Planting, Water Garden, Woodland Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket
Light NeedsPartial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Ornamental Berries, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureEvergreen Groundcover

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.

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