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Skimmia japonica/Japanese Skimmia

Skimmia japonica / Skimmia japonica
Mounding evergreen shrub in full bloom
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Mounding evergreen shrub in full bloom

Close-up image of shrub in a nursery container

Evergreen foliage

Close-up image of foliage

Foliage and flower buds ready to open in late winter

A large, mature specimen growing in the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden

Spring growth and young, developing fruit

Developing berries in early spring

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Scientific Name: Skimmia japonica
Common Name: Japanese Skimmia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Comments: This is a low growing mounding shrub that produces tightly clustered leathery leaves at the ends of the shoots. Creamy-white flowers are in round clusters on short stems, and these are followed by clusters of bright red fruit. It cannot tolerate direct sunlight for long periods. Consequently provide filtered sunlight to moderate shade. Plants become leggy in heavy shade and do not bloom well.