|Skimmia laureola is a compact, low growing, evergreen shrub with handsome foliage, reaching 2-3' in height and width. Sweetly fragrant creamy greenish flowers are borne in spring on 4" long panicles. Fruit is a purplish black drupe, but has not been seen on cultivated plants, which are apparently male. Prefer moist, acidic soils, high in organic matter, partial shade. Occasionally mites can be a problem.
Native to Himalayas. Several cultivars are available.