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Featured Plants - Skimmia


Skimmia japonica

This shade-loving evergreen shrub gives year-round delight beginning with deliciously fragrant white flowers in spring, then bright red berries that appear in fall and last through the winter. Leaves have a shiny, rich green color year round. Because most skimmia plants are dioecious, meaning they have male and female flowers on separate plants, both sexes must be planted to ensure a crop of fruits. So, for an attractive display, plant skimmias in groups. Provide the moist, well-drained organic soils they love. These Japanese natives are hardy in Zone 7 but marginal in Zone 6. They grow 3-5’ tall and are fairly deer resistant.

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