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Skimmia japonica

Skimmia japonica (Japanese skimmia)

is a bushy fully hardy perennial evergreen shrub with pink flowers in late Spring and mid Spring. It grows well in shade and semi-shade, and prefers medium levels of water. The flowers are stellate shaped arranged in a cyme inflorescence. It looks best in Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Care and maintenance


In order to flower you must have a male and female plant.


Skimmia japonica grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5.5 (very acidic ranges from 5.2 to 5.5) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to chalk, clay loam, loam, loamy sand, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils, and prefers medium fertility.


This is a rounded shrub has a slow rate of growth has an ultimate height of 1.2m / 3.9ft and spread of 1.2m / 3.9ft. It can take 11-15 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green leaves. They are ovate in shape.


The plant is happy in any situation, exposed or sheltered.


A moderate pleasant scent is emitted from the flower. A moderate pleasant scent is emitted from the leaf. Aromatic.


Moderate in fruit. Stomach upset if eaten.


Attractive foliage, bank and slope, borders, container plant, flowering shrub and woodland margin.

Fruit and seed

The fruit is red. There is a medium fruit/seed abundance beginning in Autumn and ending in Winter.


Propagation techniques include cuttings.


China (Southeastern). Japan.

-23°C / -9.4F 5.5 to 8 11-15 years 1.2m / 3.9ft 1.2m / 3.9ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Skimmia
Specific epithet ? japonica
Common names
Japanese skimmia (Ireland)
User notes have orange headings. All other information is made up from editing attributes. IPNI details on Skimmia japonica
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