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Japanese Skimmia

Skimmia japonica

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Japanese Skimmia (Skimmia japonica) at Hicks Nurseries

Japanese Skimmia flowers

Japanese Skimmia flowers

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Japanese Skimmia (Skimmia japonica) at Hicks Nurseries

Japanese Skimmia foliage

Japanese Skimmia foliage

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Description:

A lovely shrub with distinctive glossy green narrow leaves and panicles of sweetly fragrant white flowers in spring; clusters of bright red berries follow in fall and persist into winter; excellent for low borders and containers

Ornamental Features

Japanese Skimmia features showy clusters of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds. It has attractive dark green foliage. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in mid fall.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Skimmia is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Japanese Skimmia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Japanese Skimmia will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This is a female variety of the species which requires a male selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This shrub should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Japanese Skimmia makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, this plant may be too tender to survive the winter if left outdoors in a container. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features