Skimmia is a slow growing, aromatic, evergreen shrub with a compact habit. Skimmia Japonica grows in a dome shape with leathery leaves and the flowers can be followed by red or black berries. Skimmia laureola has dark green leaves which smell when crushed. The flowers on this variety are clustered on the end of the shoots.
How and Where Can I Grow Skimmias?
- They are tolerant of shade and seaside conditions though some cultivars do not like an alkaline soil.
- The flowerbuds look like pink flowers (above) and slowly develop during late autumn before finally opening to reveal the small white flowers in late winter.
- Most Skimmias are single sex plants therefore, if you want berries (below), you will have to grow both male and female plants.
- Skimmias are slow growing and should not need pruning
- Plants are hardy and would fit in too a low maintenance area
- Skimmias can be grown in containers
There are now several named cultivars of Skimmia. This extract is from Wikipedia with some further additions
Variegated Skimmia Magic Marlot
Skimmia japonica ‘Emerald King’
Skimmia japonica ‘Fragrans’ scented male clone
Skimmia japonica ‘Godrie’s Dwarf’
Skimmia japonica ‘Keessen’
Skimmia japonica ‘Kew White’
Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’ free fruiting
Skimmia japonica Foremanii vigorous female
Skimmia japonica reopens low growing
Skimmia japonica Rogersii dwarf female with twisted leaves
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ male
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubinetta’
Skimmia japonica ‘Ruby Dome’
Skimmia japonica ‘Wanto’
Skimmia japonica ‘White Gerpa’
Skimmia japonica ‘Veitchii’
Skimmia japonica reevesiana ‘Ruby King’