Marlberry (Ardisia japonica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Marlberry
Ardisia japonica
Myrsinaceae

Plants can be grown as a trimmed hedge[200].

  • Medicinal Use

    This plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, especially in cases of bronchitis, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs[218].

    Carminative, depurative, expectorant, stimulates blood circulation[147, 178].

    The leaves are used in the treatment of cancer and hepatoma[218].

    A decoction of the stems is used in the treatment of coughs and uterine bleeding[218].

    The root is antidote and diuretic[218].

    The plant is depurative[218].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best harvested when it is ripe in the winter and sown immediately in a greenhouse[1]. Sow stored seed as early in the year as possible. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, once the plants are 20cm or more tall. Cuttings of half-ripe wood in summer[200]. Grow on in cool, shaded humid conditions until well rooted[200].
Prefers a well-drained humus rich soil in partial shade in a position sheltered from cold drying winds[200]. Hardy to about -10¡c, it succeeds outdoors in S.W. England[1] but is not wholly hardy at Kew[11]. It does well in a woodland situation[166]. A number of cultivars have been developed for their ornamental value[182].
E. Asia – China, Japan.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.