Skimmia japonica ( Rubella )

‘Rubella’ is another male clone, bearing 3″ long panicles of red buds that persist through the winter. The flowers in spring are very fragrant, 4 petaled, white with yellow anthers. The leaves are dark green 3-4″ long with dark red petioles. Known for its lovely evergreen foliage, fragrant flowers and attractive fruits. Growth habit is rounded to erect or creeping. Leaves are oval to inversely lance shaped, dark green, to 4 inches long. White flowers to 1/4 inch across are held in dense panicles to 3 inches long. On female plants flowers are followed by small, round, red fruit. Skimmias tolerate atmospheric pollution and shade, prefering cool, moist soil.