Broadleaf Evergreens: Skimmia

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Skimmia japonica (female)

Skimmia is an evergreen shrub which grows best in light shade as its elliptic, stiff, green leaves will get scorched in sun. Compact panicles of small white flowers appear in spring, covering the plant; the waxy leaves forming a green rosette around it. The flower buds are an atractive red through late fall and winter. Male and female flowers are produced on separate plants, both are needed to produce the red berries on the female plants in late summer and they persist through winter. Flower clusters on male plants are bigger and definitely more fragrant.

Skimmia japonica (male)

See Skimmia japonica (female) Male plants are needed to pollinate female flowers for fruit set. Ratio 1:5 appears to be adequate.