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Skimmia japonica

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
SKIM-ee-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Excellent foliage; foliage yellows with winter sun

Low, evergreen shrub; leaves alternate, simple, crowded at the end of branches, smooth margined, leathery, aromatic when bruised; flowers in upright, terminal clusters, usually 4-parted, creamy white, slightly fragrant, with reddish-purple stalks; fruit a bright red drupe.

Poison Delivery Mode: Ingestion.

Severity: TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.

Found in: Landscape as cultivated woody ornamental shrub.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Skimmia
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Rutaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Description:
    showy red fruit on female plants
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Description:
    Glossy red-maroon buds open creamy white; mild fragrance;
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple medium green leaves crowded at end of stem; 2.5 to 5 in. long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Causes abortion; cardiac arrest.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unknown.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits