Thanks for the comments on skimmia. I really love the plant and I’m thinking of using is. But, I have heard that it is temperamental and therefore difficult to grow. Has anyone had experience with this or has anyone heard about this?
I have ten or fifteen skimmia growing all over my property, and they couldn’t be easier. A few in one particular site are looking a little chlorotic ( too much sun?) but all the rest have been thriving for years with virtually no care. Don’t hesitate to try some; they’ll make you very happy! Also keep an eye out for S. reevesiana, which is self-pollenating.
I am trying to identify a shrub that is native grower in SE New York woods. It has long woody stems with thorns – small bright green leaves lining both sides of the stem. There are tiny flowers blooming along stems in April. It grows to about 4 feet high by 4 feet wide with the stems arching out haphazardly in all directions. It grows in light shade and the deer don’t touch it. Please tell me its name.