Ardisia escallonioides

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Marlberry, Marbleberry


Plant Specifics

Size:3-15 (20) ft tall by 3-8 ft wide.  Taller in southern Florida than to the north.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Evergreen. Flowers intermittently throughout the year.
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Interesting bark, Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Specimen plant or hedge.
Considerations:Weak wood.
Propagation:Seed, but it may take 6 months to germinate.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Alkaline



Birds eat the berries.


Attracts Halictid bees.

Native Habitats:Moist to dry hammocks

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruit is edible.
General Comments:

Don't confuse this native with the two highly invasive ardisias: coral ardisia (A. crentata) and shoebutton ardisia (A. elliptica).