|Skimmia japonica, an
evergreen shrub with gray barks found in low mountain forests, grows
to 1-1.5m in height. Leaves are alternate; blades are 6-13cm long,
1.5-5cm wide, in an obovate-like long-oblong shape, with sharp tips,
bases cuneate, margins entire, surfaces glossy, and transparent
pellucid dots on the backsides; petioles somewhat tinge red-purple.
Branch tips emerge panicles which set many about 1cm-across fragrant
white flowers. Petals are 4 in number, 4-5mm long, in the shape of a
long-oblong. Bloom time: April-May.