Japanese Skimmia
Skimmia japonica

Family: Rutaceae (roo-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Skimmia (SKIM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Variegated

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Haddam, Connecticut

Bear, Delaware

Shreveport, Louisiana

Hyattsville, Maryland

Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

Centerville, Massachusetts

Eastham, Massachusetts

Trenton, New Jersey

Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

Warrensville, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Franklin, Ohio

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Souderton, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Oakton, Virginia

Battle Ground, Washington

Bothell, Washington

East Port Orchard, Washington

Lake Stevens, Washington

Langley, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
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Positive

On Nov 13, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I found two of these on a sale table at Lowe's. They can't take the heat of a western exposure in Zone 7. The leaves get sunburned brown. Will move them to the shade and try that. They weren't labeled male or female. Nice green color otherwise.

Positive

On May 19, 2009, spanky_MD from Baltimore, MD wrote:

I have two of these in a garden where deer come often. They have eaten hostas and young azaleas growing next to the skimmias but have not touched the skimmias.

The glossy dark green leaves are beautiful and they grow fairly quickly. The only problem is that they're a little hard to find in nurseries. Azaleas are way more popular here, which is a shame for skimmia fans.

Positive

On May 25, 2008, Bubbah from Memphis, TN wrote:

The leaves are EXTREMELY fragrant when crushed and make a great popourri addition. This plant looks like it may be related to the anise species.

Positive

On Dec 3, 2004, bbc from Chesterfield, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have very deep shade areas in summer due to many Shaggy Bark Hickory trees creating a full canopy. The Skimmia along with Liriope are some of the few plants that have thrived in this dark setting.

Positive

On Apr 2, 2003, wannadanc from Olympia, WA wrote:

I want to emphasize the intoxicating fragrance of both the male and female when they are in the bloom stage .... early spring here in the Pacific Northwest.

Neutral

On Dec 30, 2001, Evert from Helsinki
Finland (Zone 4b) wrote:

Skimmia is a hardy evergeen bush which can be grow either inside or outside. It survives even the Southern Finland winters, so I think it can be grown in USDA zones 4-5 also. Don't plant it alone in the middle of garden, it likes to grow with a few other skimmias.

Positive

On Aug 30, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful glossy leaves are fragrant and evergreen. The white flowers are larger and more fragrant on the male plant. The berries that appear on pollinated female plants make it worthwhile to plant both male and female plants.