Ardisia escallonioides

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Marlberry, Marbleberry


Plant Specifics

Size:8-15 (20) ft tall by 3-8 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Black
Noted for:Interesting bark, Showy flowers, Showy fruits, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


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
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


General Comments:Known for its sweet smelling flowers. Don't confuse this native with the two highly invasive ardisias: coral ardisia (A. crentata) and shoebutton ardisia (A. elliptica).