Ardisia japonica (Marlberry, yabukoji)
¥900 （incl. tax）
Marlberry is an evergreen perennial of the Primulaceae, or primrose, family.
You can enjoy its beautiful appearance throughout the seasons as it produces white flowers in summer and bear bright red fruit.
It is a popular groundcover and bonsai plant. Its compact form suits a wide range of garden designs.
Its red berries are popular with wild birds, attracting them to the garden. The plant gives off a citrus scent which is very soothing.
- Tips for growing marlberry
Marlberry prefers partial to full shade, so a well-ventilated spot without direct sunlight is ideal.
It also prefers high humidity. Prepare a soil with good water retention and add humus to create a better environment.
Provide adequate water when the soil becomes dry, with especial care during the hot summer months.
Pruning is necessary to control its growth and keep it in good shape. Spring is the best time to do this before new shoots appear.
Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer in spring and fall to supplement the nutrients.
Despite its grass-like appearance, the plant is a member of the tree family and is considered a lucky tree as it retains green leaves and red berries even in the middle of winter.