Coral bush

Ardisia crenata
Coral bush: Ardisia crenata Coral bush: Ardisia crenata

Common name:

Coral bush

Scientific name:

Ardisia crenata (Myrsinaceae)

Alternative common names:

Coralberry tree; koraalbessieboom

An evergreen shrub up to 2m high with stems that continue to grow beyond the flowering branches. Bright green lance-shaped leaves. White or pink flowers in clusters at the tips of the branches from June to November. Coral-red fruits occur in drooping clusters

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    Asia

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.

    How does it spread?

    Seed dispersal largely by birds.

    Why is it a problem?

    Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species, particularly in the understories and margins of forests.

    What does it look like?

    General description: An evergreen shrub up to 2m high with stems that continue to grow beyond the flowering branches. Leaves: Large, lance-shaped bright green leaves. Flowers: White or pink flowers in clusters at the tips of the branches which appear from June to November. Fruit/seeds: Coral-red fruits in drooping clusters.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Ornamental, bird eat fruits

    Plant me instead alternatives

    Christmas berry (Chironia baccifera), Crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia millii), Kalanchoe blossfeldiana