Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' (male)

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Buy Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' (male) Japanese skimmia (male): Superb winter colour

  • Position: partial to full shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A compact male shrub with red-margined, deep green leaves. Dark red flower buds are produced in autumn and these last all through the winter until the flowers open in spring. A great shrub for growing in a pot or for filling in gaps in the garden border.

  • Garden care: Lightly trim after flowering, if necessary. To improve the moisture retention qualities of the soil add plenty of well-rotted compost when planting.

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Notes on Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' (male)

"A small winter evergreen with festive sprays of** **of cherry-wine buds that are a real feature from November onwards - eventually opening to white in April"

Plants for an difficult area HELP, please...... I have moved into one of those places where the front garden is just paving blocks (I do need to use it as I have no garage). I have managed to put in a curved triangular bed which is about 5 foot either side - I could increase this by another foot if it helps. The site is extremely windy, catches the frosts and only gets the sun in the late afternoon. Also rain runs down into this area. I am looking for ideas on what to plant......should I go for several small plants, or one specimen plant? Nothing can get taller than around 3 - 4 foot. I also plan to put some spring bulbs in, but I don't want to give myself too much work as I am a pensioner and on my own, and already have a reasonable sized back garden to cope with. Is this impossible or can you help me? Many thanks Sue

Susan Chipchase

Hello Sue, This does sound like a pretty inhospitable situation, so you will need some tough plants - here are your best options. Cotoneaster horiontalis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-horizontalis-/classid.1028/ Cotoneaster dammeri http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/cotoneaster-dammeri-/classid.1021/ Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sarcococca/ Viburnum davidii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-davidii-/classid.8067/ Aucuba (which can be cut back hard when necessary) http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aucuba/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can I use Berberis thunbergii f. 'Atropurpurea Nana' as an alternative to Box balls? Good afternoon I have a client who wants to replace some Buxus balls in pots either side of an entrance door which have died. I am considering suggesting Berberis thunbergii f. 'Atropurpurea Nana' as an alternative (in v. large pots) and would be interested in your views and any other suggestions. The site is partially shady and the plants will not get watered often. Ideally I would be looking for specimen size plants, ideally shaped like balls. Do you have any in specimen sizes and at what price? Thank you Regards Stuart

Part Timer

Hello Stuart, I'm afraid all plants will need to be kept well watered, especially when they are newly planted, or are confined to a pot. The Berberis (like the box) is certainly one of the tougher plants, but it is deciduous, so won't look great in winter. Alternatively, you could opt for any of the following, but we only sell the smaller sizes listed on the site. Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/sarcococca-confusa-/classid.4367/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ Viburnum davidii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-davidii-/classid.8067/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Need Skimmia japonica male Hello We bought a Skimmia japonica female from Kew (no other name on the label, has evergreen, variegated leaf, and red berries), but now wish to buy a male. Will any male Skimmia do, what do you recommend? Thanks Helen

Helen Lewis

Hello Helen, You can use any of the male Skimmias to cross pollinate with the female, so of the two we sell, you should consider their eventual size and see how much room you have in the garden. The Skimmia japonica Rubella is more compact and would probably get my vote as it has dark pinky-red buds throughout winter. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Male and Female Skimmias Dear Crocus, Does Skimmia japonica 'Nymans' need a male Skimmia japonica to have flowers and berries, or will Skimmia x confusa 'KewGreen' do the job? Thank you. Marie

M-P Detraz

Hello, I knew about the male/female bit but I was wondering whether the fact that one is a japonica, and the other a confusa might be a problem. Glad to hear it's not the case. Thanks

M-P Detraz

Hello There, Skimmia japonica Nymans is a female, so although it will flower, it needs a male nearby to cross pollinate the flowers for it to produce berries. Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green' is a male, so you can use this one to do this if you like. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Low maintenance exterior plants for office lightwell Hello Plant Doctor, Please advise on which evergreen plants would be suitable for a shady lightwell in my new office. Many Thanks, Colin

COLIN WATSON

Hello Colin, If you click on the following link it will take you to a selection of evergreen shrubs that can tolerate low light levels. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.11/vid.228/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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What can I plant by my front door? Hi, I need some help finding a plant to put outside my front door. I have no idea what would be best. The door is north facing and pretty shady. Ideally I would like something evergreen or flowering. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Aftab - Tabassum Shah

Hello There, There are a few plants which I think would be suitable - here are some of my favourites Sarcococca confusa http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/sarcococca-hookeriana-var.-digyna/classid.4367/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ and Viburnum tinus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.viburnum-tinus/

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Shrub orsmall bush for a dark lightwell? Hello We have recently dug out a basement which now leaves us with two lightwells - a big one at the front of the house in which two tree ferns are flourishing and another smaller, darker lightwell at the back of the basement in which a black bamboo is in the slow process of dying. Any ideas for this one? The area is about four foot square and about 10 feet below ground level. It and gets no direct sunshine. Many thanks, Jackie

Jackie Offenbach

Hello Jackie, A reasonable amount of light is one of the basic requirements for a happy and healthy plant, so it sounds as if you may have a struggle on your hands. The following shrubs are some of the best for growing in low light levels, so perhaps one of these might survive. Aucuba http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.aucuba/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ Sarcococca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.sarcococca/

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What plants for a neglected patch? Hello, We are trying to improve a rather nasty mud patch in our garden. It is in the shade and the soil is very, very dry - we have had to use a pick axe to turn it over. My question is what types of plants would be suitable for this terrain? Kind Regards, Mark

Mark Siddle

Hello Mark, All plants will need a degree of comfort, so the best thing to do would be to improve the soil by digging in as much organic matter as you can. Once you have done this you can plant tough, low maintenance things like Ajuga, Alchemilla mollia, Aucuba japonica, Berberis, Bergenia, Euonymus fortunei, Lamium, Sarcococca, Skimmia, Viburnum davidii or Vincas. It will be very important though that these are kept really well watered for at least the first year until they have had a chance to become established. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Which are the good balcony plants? Hi there, I was looking at plants online to buy for my balcony. They need to be tough, low, maintenance and evergreen. I know next to nothing about gardening and all must stay in pots. Be great to get some suggestions. Thanks! Sam

Sam Eddy

Hello Sam, There are a couple of tough plants that should be suitable - including the following Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/ Viburnum tinus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/viburnum-tinus/classid.4482/ Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.skimmia/ Euonymus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/euonymus-fortunei-emerald-gaiety/classid.3820/ I would also strongly recommend you install an automatic watering system as plants on a balcony will dry out very quickly.I hope this give you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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What is suitable for a cold, north-facing spot? We would like 2 evergreen plants to stand either side of our front door. The trouble is it is north facing and gets no sun at all and sometimes is subject to a cold north wind. Do you think a miniature bay tree would be any good? We would greatly appreciate your advice.

Ray

I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend bay trees as they don't particularly like cold, windy spots - the leaves get scorched and turn brown. You could however try the following plants as these can cope with shadier spots and are tough enough to stand up to cold winds. Aucuba http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=aucuba Skimmia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=skimmia Sarcococca http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=sarcococca Taxus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=taxus

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