Interesting to note how much further ahead is this smaller specimen (also arbutus uneda) potted in the front yard -- its berries are already red. I expect it will shut down after this year and make me wait years for more redness as well. Both of them happily remind me of the many Arbutus uneda shrubs we noticed growing wild, roadside, in hilly rural Portugal.
When I was shopping this weekend in Vancouver, I was dismayed to hear Christmas carols being piped through the stores. While that's a cliché I can't appreciate, the fresh green-and-red of Skimmia japonica pleases me, especially when it's brightening up the shady side garden while flashing its holiday colours.