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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Sapindales

Familia: Rutaceae
Subfamilia: Amyridoideae
Genus: Skimmia
Species : S. anquetilia – S. arborescens – S. japonica – S. laureola – S. melanocarpa – S. multinervia – S. reevesiana

Artificial Nothospecies: S. × confusa – S. × foremanii

Skimmia Thunb. (1783)

Type species: S. japonica Thunb.


Anquetilia Decne.
Laureola M.Roem.


Thunberg, C.P. 1783. Nova Gen. 57. 18.
'eFloras 2008. Skimmia in Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Vernacular names
suomi: Skimmiat
日本語: ミヤマシキミ属

Skimmia is a genus of four species of evergreen shrubs and small trees in the rue family Rutaceae, all native to warm temperate regions of Asia. The leaves are clustered at the ends of the shoots, simple, lanceolate, 6–21 cm long and 2–5 cm broad, with a smooth margin. The flowers are in dense panicle clusters, each flower small, 6–15 mm diameter, with 4-7 petals. The fruit is red to black, 6–12 mm diameter, a fleshy drupe containing a single seed. All parts of the plant have a pungent aroma when crushed.[1] The botanical name Skimmia is a Latinization of shikimi (シキミ, 樒), which is the Japanese name for Illicium religiosum as well as an element in miyama shikimi (ミヤマシキミ, 深山樒), the Japanese name for Skimmia japonica.

Species and subspecies[2]

Skimmia anquetilia N.P.Taylor & Airy Shaw. Western Himalaya to Afghanistan. Shrub to 2 m.
Skimmia arborescens T.Anderson ex Gamble. Eastern Himalaya to southeast Asia. Shrub or small tree to 15 m.
Skimmia japonica Thunb. Japan, China. Shrub to 7 m.
Skimmia japonica subsp. distincte-venulosa (Hayata) T.C.Ho
Skimmia japonica var. lutchuensis (Nakai) T.Yamaz.
Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana (Fortune) N.P.Taylor & Airy Shaw
Skimmia laureola (DC.) Decne. Nepal to Vietnam and China. Shrub or small tree to 13 m.
Skimmia laureola subsp. lancasteri N.P.Taylor
Skimmia laureola subsp. multinervia (C.C.Huang) N.P.Taylor & Airy Shaw

Skimmias are fed on by aphids, Horse Chestnut Scale, Garden Leafhopper, and Southern Red Mite.

Skimmias are grown as garden plants for their foliage, flowers, and showy red fruits. They are grown in shade, with moist, well-drained, humus-rich soils. They are tolerant of both drought and air pollution. A large number of cultivars have been selected for garden use:[1]

Skimmia japonica 'Emerald King'
Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'
Skimmia japonica 'Godrie's Dwarf'
Skimmia japonica 'Keessen'
Skimmia japonica 'Kew White'
Skimmia japonica 'Nymans'
Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'
Skimmia japonica 'Rubinetta'
Skimmia japonica 'Ruby Dome'
Skimmia japonica 'Wanto'
Skimmia japonica 'White Gerpa'
Skimmia japonica 'Veitchii'
Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana 'Ruby King'
Skimmia × confusa 'Kew Green' (S. anquetilia × S. japonica)


Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.
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