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Skimmia japonica - 'Fragrans' (Skimmia)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Cream Flowers (Winter), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost 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 that is reasonably fertile yet well drained, Skimmia flourishes in full or partial shade. Trim to shape after flowering and mulch occasionally. Can be planted in numbers to provide low evergreen ground cover.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Skimmia japonica:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • 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
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Skimmia japonica

  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Skimmia japonica:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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