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Reeves Skimmia

Skimmia reevesiana

This very dwarf evergreen shrub features dense branching and a low, mounded form with thick, leathery, dark green, lance-shaped leaves. Very showy clusters of fragrant white flowers in the spring produce bright crimson-colored berries, creating a very handsome accent for shaded areas of the landscape, or containers.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Keep soil moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical PronunciationSKIM-i-a ja-PON-i-ka REEV-si-AY-na
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 2 to 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasA small shrub for shade that is self-fertile, and so will set berries without worrying about separate male and female plants. It's small enough to plant as a grouping even in tiny courtyard gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureEasy Care, Ornamental Berries, Compact Form, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsHigh
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsAzalea (Azalea); Camellia (Camellia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Fatsia (Fatsia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron)

Grows easily in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils; prefers dappled shade but tolerates heavy shade well. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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