General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6b -20.6 °C (-5 °F) to -17.8 °C (0 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2 m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 5 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Female plants bear small (to 3/8 inch) spherical red fruits.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Fruits persist through winter.
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on old wood
Flower Color: White
Other: Sometimes tinged pink. Male flowers are slightly larger than female flowers and more fragrant.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Common names
  • Japanese Skimmia

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 1, 2020 9:57 AM concerning plant:
    This is a handsome, quality, broadleaf evergreen shrub from Japan, of course. It is occasionally planted in some landscapes in well-to-do neighbourhoods in the Philadelphia, PA region of USDA Zones 6b & 7a. It is expensive to buy. It is known by professional landscape designers but not so much by the general public. It should be grown in good quality, moist soil in part-shade or light shade, away from strong mid-day sun and away from an open exposure with lots of wind. If it is grown in too much shade it does not flower or fruit well or fill out well. It is definitely deer resistant. I don't know of birds or anything eating the red fruits here in eastern North America.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 2:25 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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