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Skimmia japonica

Belonging to the Skimmia genus, Skimmia has a botanical name of Skimmia japonica.

Slow growing evergreen shrub.

Geographic Origin: Japan, China, south-east Asia
Bloom time: April to May

White, mildly fragrant flowers.

Dioecious, i.e. they have male and female flowers on different plants. Only female plants produce red berries. One male plant can pollinate up to six female plants.

It grows mainly as an Evergreen, so it will tend to keep its leaves throughout the entire year. Skimmia is known for its bushy habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.00 metres (3.25 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid spring.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Skimmia is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

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How to grow Skimmia

  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

Prune lightly after flowering.

Plant in a location that enjoys dappled sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 7 - Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 5.6 and 6.0 is ideal for Skimmia as it does best in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Skimmia is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

Growing Skimmia from seed

Transplanting Skimmia

Likes light to medium shade. Deep shade causes lankiness.
Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil.

As Skimmia is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Skimmia

The berries are not edible, and may cause an upset stomach when eaten.

Companion plants for Skimmia

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Skimmia so consider planting:

Since the plant is dioecious, male and female plants should be planted together, because only then the female flowers can be pollinated and produce red berries. One male plant can pollinate up to six female plants.

Repellent plants for Skimmia

These plants will not grow well with Skimmia so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Skimmia problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Skimmia plants:

Full sun may bleach out the leaves.

Skimmia Folklore & Trivia

Skimmia japonica came into cultivation in 1838.

Other names for Skimmia

Latest Skimmia Reviews

  • 05 Jun 2011

    greyslate greyslate's Skimmia reevesiana was Reviewed day 763

    A beautiful dwarf variety. The male has heavily fragrant flowers, while the pollinated female gives rise to red berries that last the winter. Lovely deep green foliage; my favorite plant.

    5 stars

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