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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Extremely acid (3.5 – 4.4)
Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Strongly alkaline (8.5 – 9.0)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: can be killed back by very hard freezes but will come back from the roots within its growing zone.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Other: Bright red berries. Fruit will persist on the plant year round.
Flowers: Fragrant
Other: blooms are not exactly inconspicuous but may go unnoticed as they tend to hang under leaves.
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Days to germinate: 40 days
Sow in situ
Can handle transplanting
Other info: germination rate of 84 to 98 percent
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Comments:
Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Aug 17, 2014 8:06 PM

WARNING!!!!!!
This plant is an invasive. It has been declared a category 1 invasive by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council & is prohibited in the state. Please see:
http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/nod...
Also:
http://www.issg.org/database/s...
It escaped from cultivation in 1982 and has established itself in many counties in north and central Florida. Birds and raccoons love the berries and thus spread the plant. It is a prolific seeder with amazing germination percentages. It can spend years in a juvenile state until larger plants above it are removed, at which time the juvenile plants then grow into adults. It can withstand fire, hard cutting back, or hard freezes and then come back with renewed vigor.
It may not be long before this is listed as an invasive in other states, as well as in Australia. It has naturalized in Texas and Hawaii. It has invaded Georgia and Louisiana. It is considered an environmental weed in Australia and has naturalized in New South Wales. It crowds out native vegetation.

PLEASE, if you must have this plant, grow it responsibly in climates where it is NOT likely to survive in the wild. Grow it as a houseplant.

It takes 2 years before the plant will bloom and produce fruit.

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