Japanese Skimmia 'Rubella'

Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' | Also known as: Skimmia 'Rubella' | Rating: 5 votes | Print / Pdf

There are a number of reasons why Skimmia japonica never fails to draw compliments. Not only is it an impressive broadleaf evergreen shrub, with large, oval, light green, glossy foliage, but it also produces a pleasing scent when crushed. Known as the Japanese Skimmia, it has a mounded habit, making it ideal for pots, and thick clusters of tiny white star-shaped blossoms in spring, which are eventually replaced with deep red berries. The Japanese Skimmia thrives in organic-rich, moist soils. It has a strong dislike for drought, heat, frost and cold and is only happy in acidic soil. Best suited to woodland themed gardens where it can be shaded from the elements.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid its fruits, or you may have mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 1 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 1 - 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Red
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Compact
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-9
Heat zone
  • H9-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -1
Heat days
  • 60 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers, foliage and ornamental berries
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • We love the dark
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Shade
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years