Skimmia Japonica Rubella or Japanese Skimmia is native to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and Japan. It is an evergreen shrub that resists pollution well.
The panicles of flower buds form at the end of summer and give bouquets of very decorative red "pearls" throughout the fall which persist until the end of winter, they finally bloom in April-May, in a star-shaped pinkish white bloom, which exudes delicious scents of orange tree.
With a nicely rounded shape, Skimmia japonica offers a natural elegance. Adult, it hardly exceeds 1.20 m and, therefore, is ideal for small gardens. It has evergreen foliage, brilliant green, oval and aromatic when crumpled, the spread of which reaches 1 m to 1.50 m. Skimmia Japonica Rubella are very resistant and withstand extreme cold down to -20ºC and fear only limestone and, therefore, should be planted in soil enriched with heather soil. To avoid midday sunshine, place them in partial shade. These shrubs are slow growing, which predisposes them to cultivation in well-drained tanks.
You can plant the Japanese Skimmia alone, but also accompanied by other heather earth plants such as pieris, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas to form very beautiful colored beds.
Their evergreen foliage and their fragrant bloom are all assets to also install them on a balcony and a terrace.