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Skimmia japonica, the Japanese skimmia, is a species of flowering plant in the family Rutaceae, native to Japan, China, and Southeast 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 parents. These cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-
- "Skimmia japonica". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Nymans'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
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