Common name:Coral bush
Scientific name:Ardisia crenata (Myrsinaceae)
Alternative common names:
Coralberry tree; koraalbessieboom
An evergreen shrub up to 2m high with stems that continue to grow beyond the flowering branches. Bright green lance-shaped leaves. White or pink flowers in clusters at the tips of the branches from June to November. Coral-red fruits occur in drooping clusters
Where does this species come from?Asia
What is its invasive status in South Africa?Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.
How does it spread?Seed dispersal largely by birds.
Why is it a problem?Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species, particularly in the understories and margins of forests.
What does it look like?General description: An evergreen shrub up to 2m high with stems that continue to grow beyond the flowering branches. Leaves: Large, lance-shaped bright green leaves. Flowers: White or pink flowers in clusters at the tips of the branches which appear from June to November. Fruit/seeds: Coral-red fruits in drooping clusters.
Does the plant have any uses?Ornamental, bird eat fruits
Plant me instead alternatives
Christmas berry (Chironia baccifera), Crown-of-thorns (Euphorbia millii), Kalanchoe blossfeldiana