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Care of the plant Skimmia japonica or Japanese skimmia.

Care of the shrub Skimmia japonica or Japanese skimmia

The genus Skimmia, family Rutaceae, includes 4 species of shrubs and trees native to Asia. The species are: Skimmia japonica, Skimmia laureola, Skimmia arborescens, Skimmia anquetilia.

Common name: Japanese skimmia. This species is native to China, Korea and Japan.

They are dioecious evergreen shrubs of compact bearing that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. The leaves are oblong and lanceolate and bright green. The small flowers (white or pink) appear gathered in terminal inflorescences. They bloom in late winter and early spring. The red fruits are very decorative but it's necessary that there are male and female plants for these fruits to appear.

They are used to form borders, in bushy groups, as isolated specimens and in pots for patios, terraces and balconies.

Skimmia japonica prefers semi-shade exposure in hot climates and full sun in cooler summer climates. They resist light and occasional frosts.

They grow in any type of soil but prefer well-drained soil containing heather or peat soil. Planting in the final location and transplanting are done in spring or fall.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry; increase watering during flowering.

Fertilize every 15 days during the spring with mineral fertilizer.

They do not usually present serious pest and disease problems.

They are easily propagated from seed sown in spring and by cuttings after flowering.

Images of the shrub Skimmia japonica or Japanese skimmia

Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica
Skimmia japonica