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Skimmia japonica is a species of flowering plant in the family Rutaceae, native to Japan, China and south east Asia. Growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall and wide, it is a rounded evergreen shrub with glossy, leathery leaves widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks. Its fragrant flowers can be cream-yellow to white, followed on female plants by small round, red fruits. The plant tolerates a wide range of conditions, including frost, drought and atmospheric pollution. It is suitable for bonsai and for Chinese gardens.
Many cultivars have been developed for ornamental garden use, including varieties which are significantly more compact than their parent. The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-
- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'". Retrieved 03 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Nymans'". Retrieved 03 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'". Retrieved 03 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'". Retrieved 03 June 2013.
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