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Skimmia anquetilia

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Features

  • BloomsApril to May
  • Height0.3m to 2m
  • Spread1.5m to 2m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourRed green
  • Leaf ColourYellow-green

Description

Skimmia anquetilia. This species is a creeping or upright shrub growing 30cm up to 2m, which is very aromatic. The pale yellow-green leaves will grow to 18cm, and are oblong to elliptic and leathery. The flowers are terminal panicles of green-yellow blooms in mid spirng to late spring, followed by orange-red fruits.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

S.E Asia, E.Siberia, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers, aromatic foliage and their fruits.

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Needs

  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Skimmias are shade-lovers and grow very well with rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. They need a moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. Propagate by seed in autumn or from semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in autumn or from semi-ripe cuttings in late summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Too much sun or poor soil may cause chlorosis.

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