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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Aug 18, 2014 7:46 PM CST
About half the foliage on this Skimmia is looking sort of damaged. Anyone know what might be causing it?

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cleoxpatria
Mar 5, 2015 12:53 PM CST
Please look under the leaves with a magnifying glass......flick a few leaves onto a piece of white paper......if you see see anything moving....we're talking TINY here,......it could be spider mites.........also, to me, it looks like some sort of herbicide might have been accidentally sprayed over it......otherwise, my instinct would to be to yank it out and hope for the best...it looks like it could rebound.......also check to see if local dogs are "watering it" on a regular basis...........
Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Mar 5, 2015 4:43 PM CST
Check for damage at the base of the plant. A wound could have allowed a fungus infection to get into the wood. I would recommend you remove all the branches that have discolored leaves. Good luck, and let us know if the plant recovers! Skimmia is such a lovely shrub, I wish I could grow it in this Zone. Sighing!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Mar 5, 2015 5:12 PM CST
Thanks. I haven't had good luck with it here. Perhaps our climate isn't quite right for it.
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Name: June
Rosemont, Ont. (Zone 4a)
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JuneOntario
Mar 5, 2015 8:22 PM CST
My reference book tells me Skimmia comes from Japan, where it grows on slightly acid soil, in woodlands. It should be hardy in your Zone, and would do best in dappled shade. Summer heat and drought might be an issue, but if you can grow Japanese azaleas and rhododendrons in your area, Skimmia should do OK.

locust75
Apr 30, 2016 2:33 PM CST
Catmint20906 said:About half the foliage on this Skimmia is looking sort of damaged. Anyone know what might be causing it?

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Mine looks EXACTLY like yours. Started last year, and seems worse this year. Were you able to rejuvenate your scimmia, and if so, how?
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Apr 30, 2016 4:30 PM CST
Sorry--it died. Sad A couple other plants died there after it, but now some Packera aurea is very happy there.
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