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Skimmia japonica (Skimmia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
6m
Max height
6m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Skimmia japonica

Other names

Skimmia

Genus

Skimmia Skimmia

Species

S. japonica - S. japonica is an erect to dome-shaped, evergreen shrub with oval to lance-shaped, lightly aromatic, dark green leaves and, in spring, dense panicles of fragrant, white flowers followed by red fruit on female plants.


Skimmia japonica is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers and foliage may be fragrant.

Habit

Erect, Domed

Toxicity

Berries may cause stomach upset if ingested.

Flower

White, White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Fruit tree red spider mite , Horse chestnut scale Fruit tree red spider mite , Horse chestnut scale

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning Group 8

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Skimmia japonica (Skimmia) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 6m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in shade. Tolerates sun if planted in damp soil. Neglect & pollutant tolerant. Leaves may yellow if overexposed to sun or poor soil. Fruit is only produced on female plants.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Skimmia japonica

Other names

Skimmia

Genus

Skimmia Skimmia

Species

S. japonica - S. japonica is an erect to dome-shaped, evergreen shrub with oval to lance-shaped, lightly aromatic, dark green leaves and, in spring, dense panicles of fragrant, white flowers followed by red fruit on female plants.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers and foliage may be fragrant.

Habit

Erect, Domed

Toxicity

Berries may cause stomach upset if ingested.


Colour

Flower

White, White in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Fruit tree red spider mite , Horse chestnut scale

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning Group 8

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Skimmia japonica (Skimmia) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 6m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in shade. Tolerates sun if planted in damp soil. Neglect & pollutant tolerant. Leaves may yellow if overexposed to sun or poor soil. Fruit is only produced on female plants.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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