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Skimmia japonica Veitchii

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Red berries and hardy foliage for winter interest

A sought after shrub for winter displays and festive garden containers. Underplanted with winter bedding plants like cyclamen and pansies, this shapely evergreen shrub is an excellent choice for those wanting to extend their Christmas decor out into the garden. The vibrant red berries are ideal for lifting shady corners of the winter garden and can also be collected for use as indoor decorations – why not try making your own Skimmia Christmas wreath? Of course a skimmia isn’t just for Christmas! The waxy evergreen leaves provide year-round shape and structure and a mass of white flowers are produced in spring, making a welcome early food source for pollinating insects.

This female variety guarantees a good show of flowers and berries every year, but the best berries are produced when a male is planted close by for pollination

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Season of interest Spring, Autumn, Winter
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Berries may cause stomache upstet if ingested.
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 100 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Patio container, City garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting October - February