This is a greenhouse shrub from Japan and is very ornamental when well supplied with its bright red berries. Its leaves are bright green, hollylike, and the plant has a fine, compact habit. Small plants not over one foot in height are of most use.

Skimmia Japonica.

Skimmia Japonica.

It can be raised easily from seed or cuttings in the usual way, made from the young growths in spring. Cut back the shoots slightly in February and give it a good, light house and warmth and moisture. After flowering, and when the berries are set, it can be plunged in a frame out of doors and removed to a cool greenhouse before frost.

S. oblata is said to be still more handsome; it needs the same treatment.

Any good loam will grow them, and except when growing in the spring they thrive in a cool house.