Compact and easy for any reasonably well drained soil (except very chalky soil) in sun or light shade. Red buds followed by white flowers and - if there's a male Skimmia nearby (there usually is) to fertilize it - shiny little red berries in autumn.

Skimmias grow slowly. Maybe 10ft after many years but they clip well and are very tough.

Propagated by cuttings.

Features Hardiness rating

Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

Flowers, Japanese, Shrubs, Soft & Fluffy Green

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