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Skimmia Japonica 'Olympic Flame' (Skimmia (Female))

Skimmia Japonica 'Olympic Flame' (Skimmia (Female))

Flame red buds open to white flowers

Well-shaped domes of neat, evergreen foliage are topped with pretty clusters of scented, pale pink flowers in spring. As these fade, glossy red berries will develop if there is a male Skimmia nearby. These fruits last well into winter, making this shrub a seasonal joy. It will happily grow in a pot filled with ericaceous compost on a patio or balcony, as long as it is not left to bake in full sun all day, and is kept well watered during the growing season. Alternatively, it makes a wonderful under-storey in a woodland setting, or will add structure to a mixed border.

  • Position: partial to full shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Flower colour: pinkish-white
  • Other Features: female plant producing red berries
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
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