Skimmia japonicaSkimmia japonica

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Skimmia japonica
  • COMMON NAME: Japanese Skimmia
  • FAMILY: Rutaceae
  • NATIVITY: Japan
  • GROWTH HABIT: Dense mounding shrub, round to dome-shaped.
  • SIZE: 3-4'
  • HARDINESS: Zones 7-8
  • CULTURE: Part sun or shade; rich, moist, slightly acidic soils.
  • LANDSCAPE USE:  Mixed shrub plantings; effective in containers. Dirr says appearance is of "dainty proportions."
  • FOLIAGE: Alternate (may appear whorled at branch ends), elliptic-oblong, entire, 2/12" - 5" long.  New growth is bright green, matures to dark green above and pale green below.  Visible glands.  Fragrant when crushed.
  • BUDS: Small red, imbricate scales, 1/16 - 1/8" long.
  • BARK: Green tinged with purple-red; fragrant when bruised.
  • FLOWERS: Small 1/3" flowers on upright panicles, dark red opening to cream-white in early spring.  Attractive peduncles/pedicels are purple-red and glossy. Dioecious; male plants have slightly larger flowers.
  • FRUIT:  Red, round, 1/3" drupes.
  • PROPAGATION: Seed and cuttings.
  • PESTS: Mites.



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