Common Name: Skimmia
Cultivar: subsp. reevesiana
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry
There are numerous lovely skimmias, generally from the Himalayas and the Far East, and these form evergreen shrubs of varying heights. Most are dioecious, meaning they have male and female flowers on different plants, and both sexes must be planted to ensure a crop of fruits. The subspecies reevesiana is a hermaphrodite and will therefore produce plenty of berries if planted on its own, although the display is even better with a male pollinator nearby. The berries, bright red in conspicuous clusters, last all autumn and winter, often until the neat shrubs are in bloom again.
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