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Skimmia japonica - 'Scarlet Dwarf' (Skimmia)

Skimmia japonica - 'Scarlet Dwarf' (Skimmia)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Skimmia japonica Description

This low to medium sized shade tolerant shrub provides much needed winter blossom and scent from male plants and is followed by attractive berries on the female form. Attractive foliage and form makes Skimmias ideal as ground cover in problematic shady areas.


Skimmia japonica - Cultivation Notes

Preferring a well drained neutral to acidic soil, Skimmia flourishes in partial shade. Prune to shape after flowering.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Skimmia japonica:

  • Scented blossom
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Skimmia japonica

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Skimmia japonica:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location

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Common Missspellings: Skimia, Skymia, Scimia, Scimmia, Skimmier, Skimmea

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