Plant ID forum: Japanese Ardisia (Ardisia japonica)

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 7, 2015 3:28 PM CST
Rescued from a demolition site.
Had been planted around the base of an old tree. The leaves are serrated (correct term?) 4-5 inches, plants are about 12 inches tall and have what looks like a tiny pink flower on a long stem/stalk.
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Please ignore the sand all over the leaves as these were potted up in a hurry.
Thank You!

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 8, 2015 8:00 AM CST
Looks like pachysandra.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 8, 2015 9:53 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestion of Pachysandra, but I have looked at all of the varieties and the leaves don't match nor do the flowers.
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 8, 2015 10:01 AM CST
my pachysandra has white flowers, that are insignificant and it grows on runners.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 8, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Reminds me somewhat of Ardisia. Coral Ardisia (Ardisia crenata)
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 8, 2015 11:29 AM CST
I saw a similarity to the Ardisia but the leaves do not have the scalloped edge that are on my Ardisia crenata (with the red berries in winter).
Perhaps it could be the Ardisia japonica or similar? There is not a 'bunch' of flowers; the flower is single and on a long pendant. I will watch to see the flower open; maybe we'll learn more.
Thanks.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 8, 2015 11:32 AM CST
it is hard to tell from the pics but I wonder if the flower has already bloomed and what is there now is like a little seed pod or berry?
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Jun 8, 2015 12:58 PM CST
The last photo of Ardisia japonica on this page does look a lot like your plant.

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/ardisia-japonica/
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 8, 2015 1:08 PM CST
Danita, good eyes! Thumbs up You are most likely correct. Thank you. Thank You!
I had to work quickly before the bulldozers destroyed everything, but (with permission) I managed to save a few plants.
I'll keep an eye on the flower bud and will upload new photos when the flowers open. (Only two flowers. Sad )
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jun 11, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Just got back from another trip to the demolition site. Hurray! I was able to get permission to dig more plants. Even though one entire block had been leveled, there were two trees and one wooden shed left standing near house #10 where I found these plants. I dug up more of these (whatever they are, possibly Ardisia japonica or similar) as I only had 2 or 3 from the first day. I'll try to get better photos when the rain stops.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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