Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana

skimmia (berry-bearing)

1.5 litre pot
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  • Position: lightly dappled or deep shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Flower colour: pure white, often pink or red tinged
  • Other features: good shrub for a dark spot in the garden
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A dome-shaped, evergreen shrub with narrow, tapered dark green leaves which are slightly aromatic. In mid- to late spring, fragrant white flowers, sometimes tinged pink or red, open from red buds on dense panicles. In autumn, bright red berries are produced, often lasting well in to winter. This attractive evergreen is a hermaphrodite, so you will not need a pollinating partner to produce the berries. A good shrub for a pot on the patio or in the garden border.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate plenty of well-rotted organic matter in to the planting hole. Light or no pruning is required, but can be trimmed lightly after flowering to maintain the symmetry of the shrub.

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    Comments about Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana:

    Good to grow in a shady area. Not too vigorous and great to have berries without a male plant.

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    • Q:

      What causes the leaves on a young camellia to curl? It is in a semi-shady site in acid soil.
      Asked on 15/4/2015 by max from Edinburgh

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      • Plant Doctor



        Leaf curl can be caused by a number of things including viruses or sap-sucking insects. Your best course of action would be to have a close look at the leaves and see if you can see any signs of pests or diseases.

        Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
    • Q:

      why is my skimmia reevesiana losing its leaves and always looking dowdy,it does not stand in water as i mildly water it and feed it once a week with house plant feed
      Asked on 21/3/2013 by johnc from durham

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        I heard alarm bells when you said it was fed with house plant fertiliser as these are not indoor plants. They should be grown outside in the garden as they will resent the low light levels and high temperatures inside. Therefore you should move it outside as soon as possible and during the winter, they should be allowed a period of dormancy. From mid to late spring, you can start to feed them with a good general purpose fertiliser such as MiracleGro or Growmore.

        Answered on 21/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
    • Q:

      Help with plants for N/East facing garden

      Hi, I have a little problem choosing some plants....... I really like the look and size of the 'Shady Pink' pre-designed corner planting plan, but our problem is that we have a north east facing garden, so we get no sun at all in the winter, and direct sun for only half a day on either side of the garden during the summer. Would this planting plan be suitable for that level of shade? We are actually are buying plants for the entire garden, so we'd need about 6 new shrubs, and maybe a small tree (we were thinking about the Prunus Amanogawa). Could you please help us with a few shrubs that would do well in these conditions? For perennials, we have been recommended; - Geranium Johnson's Blue, Kniphofia, Crocosmia, and Helleborus foetidus. Are these suitable? Many many thanks! Regards, Josee
      Asked on 12/4/2010 by Josee Mallet

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      • A:

        Hello Josee, It is always difficult to give a definitive answer to the shade issue, but looking at the Shady Pink border, the most shade tolerant plants include Anemone hupehensis Hadspen Abundance, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium and Dryopteris erythrosora. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our shade-loving shrubs and for the shade -loving perennials Of the plants you have listed, the Prunus, Helleborus foetidus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia will be OK as long as there is more sun than shade. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • Q:

      Plants for an difficult area

      HELP, please...... I have moved into one of those places where the front garden is just paving blocks (I do need to use it as I have no garage). I have managed to put in a curved triangular bed which is about 5 foot either side - I could increase this by another foot if it helps. The site is extremely windy, catches the frosts and only gets the sun in the late afternoon. Also rain runs down into this area. I am looking for ideas on what to plant......should I go for several small plants, or one specimen plant? Nothing can get taller than around 3 - 4 foot. I also plan to put some spring bulbs in, but I don't want to give myself too much work as I am a pensioner and on my own, and already have a reasonable sized back garden to cope with. Is this impossible or can you help me? Many thanks Sue
      Asked on 18/3/2010 by Susan Chipchase

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    • Q:

      Shrubs with orange berries?

      I am looking for shrubs which have orange berries with no thorns, - the berries must not be poisonous, and I need it to grow to 1.5m in semi shade. Please can you advise which plants I should consider. Thanks John
      Asked on 10/3/2010 by John Goldschmidt

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    • Q:

      Can I use Berberis thunbergii f. 'Atropurpurea Nana' as an alternative to Box balls?

      Good afternoon I have a client who wants to replace some Buxus balls in pots either side of an entrance door which have died. I am considering suggesting Berberis thunbergii f. 'Atropurpurea Nana' as an alternative (in v. large pots) and would be interested in your views and any other suggestions. The site is partially shady and the plants will not get watered often. Ideally I would be looking for specimen size plants, ideally shaped like balls. Do you have any in specimen sizes and at what price? Thank you Regards Stuart
      Asked on 8/3/2010 by Part Timer

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    • Q:

      Male and Female Skimmias

      Dear Crocus, Does Skimmia japonica 'Nymans' need a male Skimmia japonica to have flowers and berries, or will Skimmia x confusa 'KewGreen' do the job? Thank you. Marie
      Asked on 25/10/2009 by M-P Detraz

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      • A:

        Hello There, Skimmia japonica Nymans is a female, so although it will flower, it needs a male nearby to cross pollinate the flowers for it to produce berries. Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green' is a male, so you can use this one to do this if you like. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 26/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
      • A:

        Hello, I knew about the male/female bit but I was wondering whether the fact that one is a japonica, and the other a confusa might be a problem. Glad to hear it's not the case. Thanks

        Answered on 26/10/2009 by M-P Detraz
    • Q:

      Low maintenance exterior plants for office lightwell

      Hello Plant Doctor, Please advise on which evergreen plants would be suitable for a shady lightwell in my new office. Many Thanks, Colin
      Asked on 7/10/2009 by COLIN WATSON

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    • Q:

      What can I plant by my front door?

      Hi, I need some help finding a plant to put outside my front door. I have no idea what would be best. The door is north facing and pretty shady. Ideally I would like something evergreen or flowering. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
      Asked on 18/7/2009 by Aftab - Tabassum Shah

      1 answer

    • Q:

      Shrub orsmall bush for a dark lightwell?

      Hello We have recently dug out a basement which now leaves us with two lightwells - a big one at the front of the house in which two tree ferns are flourishing and another smaller, darker lightwell at the back of the basement in which a black bamboo is in the slow process of dying. Any ideas for this one? The area is about four foot square and about 10 feet below ground level. It and gets no direct sunshine. Many thanks, Jackie
      Asked on 11/7/2009 by Jackie Offenbach

      1 answer

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