Mystery shrub

OlybobsOlybobs Posts: 8

I really like this shrub from a neighbours garden and would like to buy some for my garden but not sure what it is. The photo shown was taken back in feb, now in August it has berries on it which I think may be turning red. I thought it looked like a Sarcocca or some kind of holly with smooth leaves but im not very knowledgeable on plants so any ideas please let me know. Many thanks!




  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,675

    Could it be a skimmia?

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  • OlybobsOlybobs Posts: 8

    thanks hogweed, I think that must be it

  • I wonder if it might be a smooth-leafed species of Holly called the Camellia leafed holly, the ends of those leaves look very spikey. I found this on google, and it does look awfully like it:-
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    I have doubts about the skimmia, the leaves are too dark a green. pandp's suggestion seems more likely

  • OlybobsOlybobs Posts: 8

    Thanks everyone, i've taken some cuttings and will consider buying a Camellia Holly as this looks to be it. Cheers!

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    I thought it looked slightly Osmanthus-y but they don't have berries. Most skimmias don't really look dark and glossy like that and the habit doesn't look right either unless it's  been pruned.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,727

    It's a lovely looking shrub Olybobs - glad the girls have got the ID for you image

  • Would love to see a pic of it with berries on - love the glossy green colour!
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