Pic of the Day – ‘Maruyama Sunago’

The new growth emerges pure white before turning green.

The new growth emerges pure white before turning green.

We love Ardisia japonica at the JC Raulston Arboretum and try to collect every form we can.  Japanese ardisia makes a woody ground cover that spreads by underground rhizomes.  Small pink, nodding flowers are carried under the foliage and give rise to brilliant red fruits.  This new selection from Japan has vivid white new growth in spring.  The evergreen foliage slowly turns light green but each new flush emerges white throughout the season.  Ardisia needs shade and will grow even in very deep shade, preferably in moist, organic, well-drained soils.  In central NC, it will often die to the ground in winter and can be killed outright in severe winters.

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