Common Name: Japanese skimmia
Origin/Ecology: Native to southeast Asia/Japan/China.
Habit: Round, spreading, to 1.3 m tall, 1.5 m wide.
Leaves: Leathery, pinnate venation, glabrous, elliptic, entire.
Leaf Arrangement: alternate
Flowers and Fruit: Panicles of small white 4-petaled flowers, bright orange-red berries/drupes. Need males for females to bear fruit.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, well-drained. Drought tolerant.
Exposure: Part shade, filtered shade, deep shade.
Landscape Uses: Ground cover, group or mass planting, hedge row, mixed shrub border, screening, small garden/space, spring interest, woodland margin.
Limitations: Spotted mite, aphids or adelgids, scale insects, sucking insects.
Other Features: S. reevesiana is hermaphrodite and doesn’t need males for bearing fruit. Sometimes S. japonica is mistakenly sold as S. reevesiana.