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Skimmia japonica

Skimmia japonica, Photo: Michael Lahanas

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: Skimmia japonica
Varietates: S. j. var. intermedia – S. j. var. japonica – S. j. var. lutchuensis

Skimmia japonica Thunb. (1783)

S. × confusa – S. × foremanii

Skimmia japonica


Flora of Japan. Japanese Society for Plant Systematist. Accessed: 2014 Apr 09.
Thunberg, C.P. 1783: Nov. Gen. Pl. 3: 58.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Skimmia japonica in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
suomi: Skimmia
日本語: ミヤマシキミ

Skimmia japonica, the Japanese skimmia,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Rutaceae, native to Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. Growing to 6 m (20 ft) tall and wide, it is a rounded evergreen shrub with glossy, leathery leaves.[2] It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks. Its fragrant flowers are cream-yellow or white, followed on female plants by small, round, red fruits. The plant tolerates a wide range of conditions, including frost, drought, and atmospheric pollution. It is suitable for bonsai and for Chinese gardens.

Many cultivars have been developed for ornamental garden use, including varieties which are significantly more compact than their parents. These cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-[3]

Skimmia × confusa 'Kew Green'[7]


"Skimmia japonica". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
"AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 97. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
"RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Fragrans'". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
"RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Nymans'". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
"RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia japonica 'Rubella'". Retrieved 5 March 2021.
"RHS Plant Selector - Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'". Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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