Skimmia japonica subsp. Reevesiana is a relatively fuss free shrub providing long lasting seasonal interest with both fragrant flowers and colourful berries.
Reaching up to 1m in height, this compact variety is a great choice for any garden. Its glossy evergreen leaves not only provide the perfect foil to flowers and berries but give year round structure in the garden. As long as there is adequate moisture it will happily grow in full shade where the flowers will provide a welcome dash of light in an otherwise gloomy spot. The sweetly scented white flowers, sometimes flushed red or pink, are very attractive to bees and other pollinating insects. Unlike some varieties, Skimmia japonica subsp. Reevesiana does not require a pollinating partner to produce its glossy red berries, so is the ideal choice if space is limited.
An easy to grow, evergreen shrub providing a colourful display in pots and borders from autumn to spring.
Plant Type: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 Hardy. Minimum temperature -15 to -10.
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 1m (Mature age: 10 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White
Fragrant Flower: Yes
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Loam, Sandy, Clay
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade, Full Shade
Planting Style: Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Courtyard Garden, Coastal Garden, Banks & Slopes, Low Maintenance Garden
Season of Interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
Flowering (from - to): April - May
Skimmia thrives in shady or partially shaded conditions and is best in a sheltered location, such as within a shrubbery, woodland garden or close to a fence or wall.
This variety is happy in most soils, but prefers a moist, free-draining soil. Grow it in beds or borders with a space of around 1m to allow room for it to grow. You can also plant this skimmia in a large patio container using a soil-based compost.
Water regularly to start with to help the roots to establish. Continue to water whenever the soil around it looks dry during the first growing season. Once fully established, it will only require watering during extremely hot, dry conditions in the summer. If planting in containers, water whenever the soil looks dry.
Feeding isn't essential, but it's beneficial to feed occasionally with an all-purpose liquid feed during spring and summer to encourage healthy growth and maximise flowering.
Skimmia forms a neat, bushy shape without pruning, but you can lightly clip to shape in early spring if a more compact size is required.