What is skimmia rubella?
Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ is a compact male skimmia, with reddish, deep green leaves. Dark red flower buds form in autumn and throughout winter until the flowers open in spring. It’s ideal for growing in an autumn or winter container display or using to fill gaps in the border.
Where does skimmia grow best?
Skimmia prefer a position in shade and can even tolerate positions in deep shade. Definitely avoid planting in full sun as it can cause the leaves to turn yellow. They prefer neutral soils.
Is Japanese skimmia an evergreen?
Japanese skimmia is a low, evergreen shrub that grows to 4 feet tall and as wide or wider. It provides year-round interest with evergreen leaves, showy spring flowers in clusters and red fall drupes that persist into winter.
How do you look after a Skimmia plant?
Skimmias do best in partial shade although they will tolerate full shade. Apart from in cooler areas of the country or where the soil remains moist all summer, avoid growing skimmias in full sun which can make the leaves pale and the whole plant look sickly.
How big does a Skimmia grow?
Most grow to 3-4ft in height and have scented flowers in the spring followed by conspicuous red or white fruits. These plants prefer partial or full shade to avoid burning and chlorosis to their fleshy green leaves.
Can Skimmia grow in full shade?
A slow, steady grower and reliably compact, skimmia ultimately can reach 3 to 5 feet in height and width. It’s one shrub we can trust not to get out of control. Another advantage is that it thrives in partial and full shade. But in full sun, the leaves soon lose their dark green color and may wither.
How tall do Skimmia get?
Skimmias are evergreen shrubs from the Himalayas and China which have attractive leaves, flowers and fruit. Most grow to 3-4ft in height and have scented flowers in the spring followed by conspicuous red or white fruits.
Why are my skimmia going yellow?
YELLOWING LEAVES ON SKIMMIA In most cases this is caused by the plant not being able to absorb nutrients because the soil is too alkaline. The solution is to top up with ericaceous compost and feed with plant food for acid loving plants.
Can skimmia tolerate full shade?
Do slugs like skimmia?
If the plant is too big to move, prune it in spring and then move it in autumn, don’t prune it in autumn. Snails often enjoy munching on the leaves of Skimmia and after a wet spring they can do significant damage. They prefer the older leaves for some reason and the picture below shows this clearly.
Which is the best female Skimmia?
Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’ (female) This award-winning shrub provides much-needed colour in the winter garden. Ideal for a shady shrub or mixed border, the flowers are followed by long-lasting, bright red berries as long as a male variety is planted close by (‘Kew Green’, ‘Rubella’ or ‘Fragrans’ would be ideal).