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Skimmia japonica
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Zones 4-9, 14-22, 31-34
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Skimmia japonica

Rutaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

Good-looking evergreen shrub from Japan to China. Compact, slow grower to 5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Glossy rich green leaves. Blooms in spring, when pinkish to reddish buds held well above the foliage open to tiny, lightly scented white flowers (typically larger and more fragrant on males than on females). In fall and winter, female plants will bear hollylike red berries if a male plant is nearby. Plants tend to be sold simply as “male” or “female” rather than by variety name. A white-berried form is sold. S. j. reevesiana (often sold as S. reevesiana), a dwarf form to 1 1/2–2 ft. tall and 2–3 ft. wide, is self-fruitful and bears dull crimson berries.

Handsome beside shaded walks, under windows, flanking entryways, or in containers. Prefers moist, highly organic, acid soil. Grows best in Zones 4–6 and 17. Thrips and red spider mites are potential pests throughout its range. In the Northwest, it is prone to attack by several kinds of mites that give leaves a stippled, silvery look. Water mold is a problem in hot regions.

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