Marlberry is a native small tree that might
easily be confused with the invasive
shoebutton, Ardisia elliptica. Ardisia escallonioides is frequently found in the hammocks of Flagler County, in addition to the central and southern peninsula of Florida. There are three types of Ardisia
in Florida. (Wunderlin, 2003). Of all the U.S., Marlberry is only present in FL (Kartesz, 1999).