Ardisia crenata

Berries of Ardisia crenata

The coral berry is a small evergreen shrub which hails from Southeast Asia, China and Japan. It grows to 1-1.8m in height and enjoys our mild climate. Its main attraction is the whorled layers of rich red (or more rarely, pale yellow) berries which appear amongst its lush tiers of leaves in autumn. The berries last throughout winter, and unusually for a berried shrub it enjoys a shaded position with rich soil. It is an undemanding plant and a good companion for shade-loving plants with red flowers, such as Camellia japonica, bromeliad species and cultivars and Salvia splendens, where it will provide an interesting contrast of form. Propagation is by stem cuttings taken in autumn or spring. Sometimes you may find seedlings growing nearby from the fallen berries.

Flowers in June.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.