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Large clusters of flowers, attractive to insects, and some deliciously scented, on the males and attractive red or white berries on the females.
Take care when choosing to ensure you have a male for pollination, unless choosing reevesiana which will produce berries.
Genus of about 6 species of monoecious, dioecious, occasionally hermaphrodite evergreen shrubs and trees found in woodland from the Himalayas to southeastern Asia, China and Japan.
Dwarf shrubTypically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesGood to knowTolerant of pollution, shade and neglect. Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.Pests & DiseasesScale insectsPlace of originHimalayas to south-eastern Asia, China, Japan
Flower ShapeStar-shapedFollowed by red or black fruits on female and hermaphrodite plants
Scented PlantsScented flowersScented foliage
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilModerately fertile
Buy Varieties of SKIMMIA
male form with glossy green leaves and large greenish flower racemes, commonly very hardy
('Wakehurst White') - dense clusters of white fruit and dwarf habit
slow growing female form with creamy-white berries
(A.M. Form) - hermaphrodite, free berrying
hermaphrodite with narrow elliptic tapering leaves and ovoid red fruit which usually remains until the spring
(Male) - red buds opening white. Foliage also reddish
('Foremanii') - vigorous female clone with broad leaves and large bunches of brilliant red fruit