Skimmia reevesiana
Common name: 
Reeves Skimmia
SKIM-ee-a REEV-si-ah-na
Skimmia japonica ssp. reevesiana
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf evergreen, low growing shrub, 1-3 ft (0.3-0.9 m) high and 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) wide.   Leaves simple, alternate, lanceolate or oblong lanceolate, 2.5-10 cm long and 2-2.5 cm wide, leathery, acuminate tip, wedge-shaped base, margin smooth (entire), dark green above, light green below.  Flowers are in terminal clusters 5-7.5 cm long, fragrant, white, each about 1 cm wide, 5-parted, both male and female parts present (bisexual, self-fertile).  Fruit crimson, more or less spherical, about 8 mm long, persist into winter.
  • Part shade to shade, prefers moist, acid, high organic matter soils, seldom needs pruning.   Attractive in a container.  It is self-fruitful in contrast to S. japonica which requires both male and female plants.  The bisexual flowers of S. reevesiana are helpful in distinguishing it from S. japonica.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7      Native to China and east Asia.
  • Presumably this plant is as poisonous as S. japonica, which can cause cardiac arrest if large quantities are ingested.   The red fruit is the usual cause of poisoning.
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    plant habit, flowering

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    flower clusters and leaves

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    developing fruit

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    plant habit, fruiting

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    fruit and leaves