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Skimmia japonica - 'Red Ridinghood' (Skimmia)

Skimmia japonica - 'Red Ridinghood' (Skimmia)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Flowering
Form Spreading clump, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Skimmia japonica Description

This low growing 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.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Skimmia japonica:

  • 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

Weaknesses of Skimmia japonica

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not tolerate very dry or very wet soils

Design & Plant Use for Skimmia japonica:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest

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