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Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

Plant details

There are numerous lovely skimmias, generally from the Himalayas and the Far East, and these form evergreen shrubs of varying heights. Most are dioecious, meaning they have male and female flowers on different plants, and both sexes must be planted to ensure a crop of fruits. 'Rubella' is a compact male variety with attractive red-margined, dark green leaves. The flower buds, which appear in autumn and winter, are a prominent feature of the plant, as are the scented flowers which open in spring. It is perfect for growing in containers and provides good all year round colour. 'Rubella' has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Rutaceae

Genus: Skimmia

Species: japonica

Cultivar: Rubella

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 75cm

Reader reviews


My Skimmia which is 7 years old and about 3' high has been affected by the winter weather and most of the leaves have turned black. What do i do?


My Parents have had a rubella skimmia for several years now & this year it seems to be getting eaten by something? they have tried all the insect killers etc but all of the leaves are still all half eaten?

The Love Fern

I purchased a couple of small skimmia plants for my patio containers and under planted with tulips and pansies. The pots, including the skimmia (which is in flower at the moment) are looking great. Very pleased with these.

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