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Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724
ID please. Went to Borde Hill, Ardingly yesterday,(good old boggof ticket) smelt this shrub before we saw it. Tiny clusters of little white flowers, yellow centers. Slightly "lemony" smell. Unfortunately,there wasn't a gardener in sight,and not much is labelled.

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  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 1,348
    A skimmia of some kind?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,488
    Could be a Daphne at this time of year
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724
    No, it's definitely not a Daphne.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,663
    edited 21 March
    I vote Skimmia.
    Those flowers are female so will produce berries ..if they are pollinated by a nearby male Skimmia.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724
    edited 21 March
    Have had a quick "Google" seems to be Skimmia Fragrant Cloud" is a relative of lemons! Thank you ❤️ Silver Surfer,do you still get the flowers if you just have one Shrub? This one had another planted next to it, larger flower clusters no scent?
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,663
    edited 21 March
    Have had a quick "Google" seems to be Skimmia Fragrant Cloud" is a relative of lemons! Thank you ❤️ Silver Surfer,do you still get the flowers if you just have one Shrub? This one had another planted next to it, larger flower clusters no scent?
    Not Skimmia japonica Fragrant Cloud as this is a male shrub.

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/164816/skimmia-japonica-fragrant-cloud/details

    All Skimmia produce flowers...some are female/some are male /and some have both male and female flowers.
    Mystery one is female..it has no male stamen.
    See link below with pic to show stamens in Skimmia flowers.

    https://www.thegardenwebsite.com/skimmia-japonica.html


    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724
    We have the perfect gap, been looking for something. Do they all smell? Is it just the berries you don't get without male, female or do I need both??
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,663
    Hmm!
    Skimmia with male only flowers will never have berries...just flowers.see  my pic below which shows the yellow male parts, which are full of pollen to fertilise another shrub with female bits.

    Skimmia with only female flowers will produce berries IF there is a male shrub in the area.

    If you have just space for one get Skimmia japonica subsp Reevesiana...this is self fertile producing flowers which have the female and the male bits...therefore it will produce masses of super red berries.
    Hope this helps.

    Scent...never noticed.


    https://www.google.com/search?q=Skimmia+japonica+subsp.+reevesiana&client=firefox-b-d&sxsrf=APq-WBuMVjBCRAJBVbPHDDwAwAB7FjVANA:1647859991333&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwil4rDrhNf2AhWloVwKHXH4CRcQ_AUoAnoECAIQBA&biw=1280&bih=595&dpr=1.5
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,724
    We bought 2 yesterday at our village nursery.Finchy,yes,male but gorgeous smell.The bigger one was a staggering £32.50. hubby wasn't prepared to drive any further with the cost of fuel,and the actual "garden centres" don't have plant lists,you could get there and find they have none. I did look at the sites,thank you. Saw a couple I fancied, then found they were out of stock. Typically. I won £60 on the lottery. Bought a very nice pastel yellow double camelia which has also gone in that bed.
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