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Skimmia japonica | Japanese Skimmia

CHARACTER
Evergreen and subtle. Skimmia is a handsome low-growing mildly sweet smelling shrub. The plants are neat and the flowers are dainty. I think it’s worth a try, but be ready to replace them. Nice for underplanting in foundations, especially near the front door.
CARE
Skimmia is very finicky and perhaps not best suited for zone 7 (Mid-Atlantic). But if you do want to use it, try to site in a very well protected southside spot, in the shade of a house or on the downwind side of a hill. Requires rich humus. Maybe buy an extra one and and keep it as a backup if you are interested in using this guy as a specimen, since they are slow growers. Also, don’t plant to deeply since the roots prefer to be shallow.
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NOTES
Dioecious, needs males for females to berry, but males have the really nice flowers.
RELATED VARIETIES | CULTIVARS | EXTRA INFO
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ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 7 | full sun to full shade
GROWTH RATE ….. medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 3′- 4′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. dense, rounded, haystack shape
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 2.5″to 5″/ 1″to 2″ spear shaped
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate, crowded at the end of branches
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | dark forrest green
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | 1/3″ born in upright panicles, maroon in bud, creamy white when open
FRUIT | biggish wide berries in a drupe that ripens in Oct and persists to spring
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NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL needs moist, acid, peaty soil – add leaf mold
Native to Japan, needs partial and full sun especially in winter
Dave’s Garden / Skimmia japonica
BBC plant files / Skimmia japonica