Tolerant of less-than-ideal conditions, this plant makes an ideal choice for gardeners with limited time and space. The variegated Ardisia (Ardisia elliptica variegata) is a large shrub that typically grows 5-10 feet tall and spreads 5-10 feet wide. It's an excellent choice for creating a privacy screen or hedge, or for adding height to a foundation planting. It is native to Southeast Asia and is hardy in USDA zones 8-10, with mature plants being cold hardy at least to mid-20°F for a short time.
The variegated Ardisia does best in full sun to light semi-shade locations, with moderate levels of water. It is drought tolerant once established, so water needs are minimal. In colder climates it should be grown in a protected area, as a container-grown plant outside in summer. If it is kept in a pot and grown as a houseplant, it should be brought indoors when temperatures drop below freezing.
Beautiful pink flowers adorn the variegated Ardisia in the spring and summer, followed by black berries. Not only are the flowers a source of cheerful color, but the evergreen foliage is quite ornamental too. The plant green and white variegated foliage with pinkish coloring in bright light adds texture and interest to your landscape.
The variegated Ardisia is a very low-maintenance, carefree plant which makes it a great choice for gardeners. With some basic watering and pruning, you'll have a stunning shrub that will bring nature's beauty and bounty your garden throughout the year.