Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'

Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'

Description: A free flowering, evergreen shrub with a dome shaped habit and aromatic, glossy, dark-green leaves. Dense panicles of white flowers, scented of Lily of the Valley in March and April. This cultivar does not produce berries (male). Fully hardy.

Uses: Ideal for general borders, group planting in landscaped areas and in containers. A superb multi-seasonal shrub.

Climate/Position: Prefers partial shade to full shade.

Height/Spread: Height and spread to 1 meter.

Soil Requirements: Fertile, moist but well drained, humus rich soil.

Pruning: It is recommended to prune off the flowers once they have run to seed, otherwise no pruning is required.

Special Requirements: They prefer neutral to acidic soils. Use plenty of ericaceous compost at planting time. It is best to use John Innes ericaceous compost when growing in containers.

Additional Interest: Full sun may be tolerated when planted in damp soil. Also tolerant of atmospheric pollution and neglect. Good for pollinating female skimmias planted close by.