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Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'

Plant details

Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' is a compact male skimmia, with reddish, deep green leaves. Dark red flower buds form in autumn and throughout winter until the flowers open in spring. It's ideal for growing in an autumn or winter container display or using to fill gaps in the border.

For best results grow Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' in moist but well-drained soil in partial to full shade. Trim plants after flowering and mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

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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