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Skimmia japonica - 'Humpty Dumpty' (Skimmia)

Skimmia japonica - 'Humpty Dumpty' (Skimmia)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading arching, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Spring), Light green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
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.


Skimmia japonica - Cultivation Notes

Preferring a well drained neutral to acidic soil that is reasonably fertile yet well drained soil, Skimmia flourishes in full or partial shade. Prune 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:

  • Scented blossom
  • 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

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

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