Skimmia blooming and Mt. Fuji Cherry

1.)  Skimmia japonica – the fruits are there all year round; our garden has both red and white varieties  (I’m told the white variety is rather rare), but this is the first time i saw actual flowers – dainty white ones among last year’s red and white fruits:

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SJG • 4/10/12 – Skimmia japonica, Area D; flowers, after red and white berries showing all year round

Here is a write-up on skimmia japonica from WSU on PNW plants (please note both leaves and fruit are poisonous):

Description
Best known for its ability to thrive in the shade and still produce bright red berries and fragrant flowers, Japanese skimmia should be highly considered for any Northwest gardener who has acidic soil.

Morphology:
As a native of Japan, skimmia is a slow growing evergreen shrub that grows 3’-4’ and as wide in a dense rounded mound. It produces medium to dark green leaves, arranged alternately on stiff stems. The leaves are aromatic, having a sweet fragrance when cut or bruised.

In the spring months of April and May skimmia begins to set forth yellow-white, 4-part flowers, which latter give rise to red berries.   More here….

2.) Prunus serrulata ‘Shirotae’ – Japanese flowering ‘Mt. Fuji’ cherry – white fragrant, semi-double. We have several of them in the orchard:

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SJG • 4/10/12 – Prunus serrulata ‘Shirotae’ – Japanese flowering cherry ‘Mt. Fuji’ – several in Area U – the ‘orchard’

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SJG • 4/10/12 – Prunus serrulata ‘Shirotae’ – Japanese flowering cherry ‘Mt. Fuji’ – flowers. Area U – the ‘orchard’

Info from Bernheim Arboretum: Oriental cherry is native to Japan, China and Korea. The species has over 120 cultivated varieties, which are usually grafted onto Mazzard cherry (Prunus avium) stock. Many of the cultivars originated many years ago in Japan. ‘Mt Fuji’ has a spreading habit and large semi-double white flowers. Mature height is 15 to 20 feet with a similar spread.  More here….

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