Japanese Skimmia (Skimmia japonica)

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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

Been growing for over 25 years!

March Plants for Honey BeesMarch Plants for Honey Bees
By Mindy03 on March 13, 2012

It's March, the month spring officially arrives according to the calendar. Mother Nature might have different plans, but plants are bursting forth with renewed growth and the cool weather plants are blooming, bringing joy to everyone. Honey bees have built up their numbers and are busy taking advantage of the bountiful supply of food.

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Location: EnglandDate: 2018-04-17Been growing for over 25 years!
By Maman
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Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square Pennsylvania USADate: 2016-12-01
By csandt
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-11-10male flower clusters
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Location: Wayne, PennsylvaniaDate: 2007-06-02a group at Chanticleer Gardens
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2008-01-01male plant in front, female behind
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Location: Media, PennsylvaniaDate: 2009-04-09a plant at a corner in spring
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-11-10female plant at foundation
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 1, 2020 9:57 AM

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.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 2:25 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Can anyone identify this shrub please? by Maman Apr 17, 2018 12:09 PM 8
Any suggestions on a winter garden? by AmberLeaf Jun 22, 2017 11:32 AM 19

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