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Ardisia japonica 'Dancing Girl'
Plant Type:BROADLEAF EVERGREEN SHRUBS
Ardisia japonica 'Dancing Girl' - Red new leaves mature gray-green with a broad, showy white margin each sporting pinkish petioles. Leaf form with irregular serrations, indentations and projecting extensions which to some small degree are "lobe-like" reminiscent of the foliage of the cultivar, 'Amanogawa'. Medium pink summer flowers are a couple shades darker and richer than the pale pink of most cultivars. These give way to persistent rich, bright red berries. Perfect planted in fertile, moisture-retentive soil set in dappled to open shade. Early morning sun is fine - just keep it out of harsh midday and afternoon sun. Occasional short term dryness will be okay but arid condition is an anathema to keeping a garden carpet happy. This exceptional selection will make a gorgeous ground cover. Established potted plant from cutting.
Zone:(6)7 to 9
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Characteristics and Attributes for Ardisia japonica 'Dancing Girl'
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
- Four Seasons
- Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads
- Dappled Shade
- Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
- Ground Cover
Growth Rate in the Garden
- Moderately Fast
- Humus Laden
- Garden Origin
- Cutting Grown
Genus Overview: Ardisia
Family: Primulaceae · Common Name: Coralberry, Marlberry
Ardisia japonica, known commonly as Coralberry and Marlberry, is a shrubby, ground covering member of Primulaceae. Numerous species exist from the New World, the Pacific Islands, Australia, Asia with a vast number of species occurring in the tropics. We grow a number of fine selections from the species, A. japonica. These grow from 10 to 16(+) inches tall. Leaves are usually whorled or at least in an opposite template. Late spring flowers are pale pink to white, though small they are quite pretty and are held in racemes. The fruit that follows transforms from green to brilliant red and is persistent. "Berries" can approach the size of a dime and sometimes a little large. They are rounded and look like miniature apples. Ardisia, in its 2,500 year history of Chinese folk medicine, considers Ardisia japonica as one of the 50 fundamental herbs. We generally grow it for its phenomenal ornamental character. They are resplendent as they ground cover in shady, dappled or early morning or late day sun. Late morning to latish afternoon filtered light is important. Fertile, moisture retaining ground is a requirement. The many selections provide delight in their ground covering capacity. Not as well appreciated in U.S. gardens these plants are worthy where they can be grown outdoors. But potted plants allow for close up appreciation for their many merits - 4 season interest for sure - farther north if a cool window, porch, greenhouse or conservatory are part of your domain. USDA climate zones 7 to 9(10).