Japanese Skimmia (Male)

Skimmia japonica (Male)

Handsome evergreen shrub forms a many-branched, dome-shaped mound. Rich green leaves back large clusters of very fragrant flowers. This form acts as a pollenizer to the female forms. Partial to full shade. Slow growing to 2 to 5 ft. high, 3 to 6 ft. wide. Cutting grown.
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7 - 9

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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.

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Botanical PronunciationSKIM-i-a juh-PON-ih-kuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 2 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThe male skimmia is mostly used to make sure the female sets fruit, but the male plant is a fine shrub by itself with showy, fragrant flower clusters. As with the female, keep out of the sun and provide adequate moisture year-round.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Accent, Hillside, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Pollenizer, Shade Loving, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureHandsome Accent Plant

Grows easily in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system; once established, water as needed to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.

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