Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana (hermaphrodite)

Japanese skimmia (hermaphrodite)

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Buy Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana (hermaphrodite) Japanese skimmia (hermaphrodite): Long lasting, bright red berries

  • Position: lightly dappled or deep shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • 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 into 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 into the planting hole. Light or no pruning is required, but it can be trimmed lightly after flowering to maintain the symmetry of the shrub.
      • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Lovely, lovely plant


This plant is in a pot in my shaded courtyard…perfect for the spot.




Lovely small shrub


Crocus supplied this shrub in January 2020; it seemed rather small, and had a couple of berries on it. I planted it according to instructions but admittedly it got a little lost amongst other plants during the summer of 2020. I was surprised therefore in the autumn to see how much it had grown, and it is clearly quite happy in its shady spot. One the basis of this I purchased a second last winter but sadly the planting spot for this one was wrong - too damp? - I don't know. It's holding on, but it needs to be moved as soon as circumstances allow. Such beautiful plants, and great value, every garden should have one!

Suffolk Punch



I would buy this product again


I put it in a pot in a north facing front garden. Its doing well. Lots of red berries.




I would buy again.


This is growing really well in the corner of my garden.


South East


Good Choice


Bought this as a present. It was delivered directly to the recipient. It is flourishing in one of their borders.




I would recommend this product


In shrubbery area and already I am seeing attractive red berries




Useful winter shrub


Happy in partial shade




I would not buy this produce again


This plant has failed to thrive either in the ground or in a pot notwithstanding proper care. It has not grown a mm since it was purchased and I an very disappointed




Good Berries


Good small shrub for some winter colour in a shady border.




happy with plant


great plants bought here.

learner gardener




4.6 14


How tall is this plant likely to be when delivered. I need it to replace a substantial plant that I've rehomed and to fill its now empty, quite large pot.


Thank you for your question. Our 1.5 litre stock of Skimmia reevesiana is approximately 15-20cm so a longer-term prospect as a replacement. The plant(s) would be guaranteed.


I recently bought a skimia japonica subs from you which I have planted in a patio pot using john innis number 2, unfortunately the leaves are turning pale and falling off, could you please tell me what is causing this. Thank you Christine Baylis

Plant addict

If this is only affecting the older leaves, and the plant is putting on lots of fresh new growth, then I suspect this is completely normal. If however it is more widespread, then the most likely a watering issue - either too much or too little.


I have moved my plant from a pot as it was pot bound, into a new border. All the leaves have fallen off but there are new buds. Will it pick up or have I lost it.


It sounds as though the plant has suffered a severe setback, however it's hard to know if it will bounce back or not in the long term.Therefore, if the stems are still green just below the bark, then I would give it time and see what happens.


Hi, Does this skimmia also get dense red buds like the rubella? If yes, do all these buds turn into berries in the winter or do berries appear alongside the buds? Are there any other differences between this skimmia and the rubella besides the berries? Also, I'm planning to plant these in a west facing border that gets around 2-3 hours of direct sunlight a day. Will this be too much sun for a skimmia? Thanks very much!


Hello, These do produce clusters of buds, but they tend to be smaller and are a greenish white rather than red. As for the other differences, there are quite a few, but the most notable ones are the eventual size and shape of the two shrubs, and their foliage. As for the sun levels, it really depends on what time the sun will reach it as it will be less strong at the beginning or end of the day.


What causes the leaves on a young camellia to curl? It is in a semi-shady site in acid soil.


Hello, 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.


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


Hello, 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.


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

Josee Mallet

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

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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

Susan Chipchase

Hello Sue, This does sound like a pretty inhospitable situation, so you will need some tough plants - here are your best options. Cotoneaster horiontalis Cotoneaster dammeri Sarcococca confusa Viburnum davidii Aucuba (which can be cut back hard when necessary) Skimmia I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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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

John Goldschmidt

Hello John, I'm afraid I cant think of anything that will meet all your criteria, however the following might be worthy of consideration. Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

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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

Part Timer

Hello Stuart, I'm afraid all plants will need to be kept well watered, especially when they are newly planted, or are confined to a pot. The Berberis (like the box) is certainly one of the tougher plants, but it is deciduous, so won't look great in winter. Alternatively, you could opt for any of the following, but we only sell the smaller sizes listed on the site. Sarcococca confusa Skimmia Viburnum davidii I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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