Coral ardisia was originally brought to Florida to brighten landscapes with its attractive foliage and fruit. But now it's classified as an invasive plant because it invades natural areas and crowds out native plants.
Ardisia is an evergreen shrub that is easily recognized for its bright-red berries that are often present year-round. The berries attract birds and raccoons, which can then spread the plant. The leaves are dark green and waxy, and have wavy edges. The berries and leaves may be poisonous to pets, humans, and livestock.
If you discover coral ardisia in your landscape, removing it will help prevent its spread. You can try pulling plants by hand, though multiple applications of herbicide may be necessary to eradicate them.
- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants: Coral Ardisia
- UF Invasive Plants: Coral Ardesia Identification Video on YouTube
- Alternatives to Invasive Plants Commonly Found in Central Florida Landscapes
- Alternatives to Invasive Plants Commonly Found in North Florida Landscapes
- Controlling Invasive Exotic Plants in North Florida Forests
- Identification and Control of Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata): A Potentially Poisonous Plant