A picture of a Skimmia

Skimmia

Skimmia spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

6m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Skimmia Overview

Skimmia is a small genus of hardy, evergreen shrubs and trees favoured for their showy fruits, aromatic foliage and flowers. They originate from warm temperate, wooded regions ranging from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia, including Japan and China. Many cultivars have been produced for garden use. Skimmia leaves are alternately arranged and usually oval or lance-shaped. Its white or yellow flowers are star-shaped, borne in spherical clusters and strongly scented in some species. These lead on to fleshy, spherical, shiny red or black (occasionally white) fruits on female or hermaphrodite plants - that in most cases, have been pollinated. Male plants produce dark red flower buds in autumn and winter. A compact shrub which tolerates shade and neglect, Skimmia is a useful plant for many situations, including banks and slopes. It can be a good container plant when young, is fully hardy and tolerant of pollution.

Common problems with Skimmia

How to propagate Skimmia

Cuttings

Seed

Special features of Skimmia

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Winter colour

Other uses of Skimmia

Grown for their flowers, aromatic foliage and their fruits.