Coral bush

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata (Myrsinaceae)

Common Name:

Coral bush

Scientific Name:

Ardisia crenata (Myrsinaceae)


Alternative common names:

Coralberry tree; koraalbessieboom

Description:

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 Information


Where does this species come from?

Asia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 1 NEMBA 2020 - Category 1b

Where does this species come from?

Asia

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

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