Ardisia obovata (Mamayuelo) is a large, upright shrub that can reach up to 5-10 feet tall, native to Puerto Rico and the West Indies. This evergreen species prefers full sunlight to semi-shade and needs to be kept in regular water. It is hardy to USDA Zone 9-11
This particular evergreen is renowned for its graceful white or off-white flower clusters during the warmer months of the year. The blooms are small and relatively insignificant, but the foliage adds texture and life to any yard. Not only that, but the white flowers will attract plenty of admirers, from butterflies to hummingbirds.
When it comes to growing Ardisia obovata, this species does best when planted in slightly acidic soil. As for container planting, the shrub needs to have a rich, well-draining soil and bright light. Depending on the region, it might require a bit more regular watering. In cold regions, make sure to provide an indoor winter shelter when planting in pots. Winter care includes a location well out of winter winds in a place that receives plenty of sunlight. Watering should also be done moderately with well-draining soil to prevent root rot.
As with any outdoor plant, make sure to keep a bucket of water near it during the warmer months and keep the soil moist but not drenched. Prune the shrub after the blooming period and fertilize the plant in spring and summer. Keep pests away by regularly spraying the leaves with an insecticidal soapy solution.
Ardisia obovata is an attractive shrub that is an ideal addition not only to gardens but also to pots. Its glossy foliage and showy white or off-white blossoms will add plenty of beauty to any outdoor home. By following the above-mentioned growing and care tips, this species will be sure to do well in any region.