The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Skimmia

Family: Rutaceae.

Skimmia japonica Skimmia reevesiana
Skimmia Genus of 4 species of monoecious or dioecious, occasionally harmaphrodite, evergreen shrubs and trees found in woodland from the Himalayas to S.E. Asia, China, and Japan. These slow-growing dwarf shrubs are popular for their glossy green leaves and red hollylike berries that last into winter. Their pinkish buds become tiny white flowers in late spring. Tolerate moderate air pollution. Prefer moist, acid loam and partial shade. Start from seeds or cuttings. Skimmia
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 50 F in winter. Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take semi-ripe stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat. Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn.

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