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17/08/2014 at 19:14

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!


17/08/2014 at 19:54

Could it be a skimmia?

17/08/2014 at 20:37

thanks hogweed, I think that must be it

17/08/2014 at 21:14

You could ask your neighbour if you could take cuttings from her shrub - I'm sure she'd be more than happy to oblige.

17/08/2014 at 21:21
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:-
17/08/2014 at 21:41

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

18/08/2014 at 11:32

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

18/08/2014 at 11:50

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.

18/08/2014 at 11:51

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

18/08/2014 at 13:02
Would love to see a pic of it with berries on - love the glossy green colour!
19/08/2014 at 20:51

Hope you have success with the cuttings, Olybobs!

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