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Skimmia Japonica Kew White

Skimmia Japonica Kew White is a neat, compact evergreen shrub with cream coloured flowers and unusual white berries. Ornamental shrubs for sale UK.
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Skimmia Japonica Kew White is one of the most popular low-growing evergreen shrubs flowering in early spring and producing white berries in autumn. This hardy shrub reaches a maximum height of just 1.5 metres. Its diminutive size enables it to fit into virtually any size garden with ease.

Skimmia Kew White is a female Skimmia variety that heralds from the United Kingdom. In the spring, it develops tiny white flower clusters that are exceptionally fragrant. After flowering, if pollination occurs from a male Skimmia variety such as Skimmia Japonica Rubella, Skimmia Kew White will produce round, creamy white, glossy fruit clusters or berries that are also exceptionally eye-catching. The white berry-like clusters stand out in stark contrast against the small shrub’s leathery, dark green foliage. The oval-shaped leaves of the shrub also boast an unusual fragrance that most people find pleasing. 

Choose a planting location for the Skimmia Japonica Kew White that is shaded or at least provides partial shade. If you plant the small shrub in an area with too much sunlight its leaves will usually start to turn yellow. The leaves will also take on yellowish hue if the root system is waterlogged. It likes moist conditions but not soggy soil. The dainty Skimmia Kew White grows well in a container. It makes a perfect patio or balcony plant. Hardy to minus 27 degrees Celsius.

Skimmia Japonica Kew White thrives in acidic soil. Mix ample amounts of organic material into the soil at the time of planting. After planting, it is advised that you spread a layer of mulch around the base of the shrub to help keep the root system moist. Skimmia Kew White requires consistently moist soil to truly survive. Once established, it is virtually carefree as long as the soil stays relatively moist.

Skimmia Kew White requires no pruning to retain its size and shape. However, if there are dead or damaged branches they should be removed to maintain the shrub's neat appearance.

If you are seeking a low-growing hardy winter evergreen with lots of ornamental interest then Skimmia Kew White is a good choice. Its dark foliage and fragrant white flowers enrich the winter garden but it is through its showy white autumn berries that it truly sets itself apart. Make sure to plant a male Skimmia in the vicinity to ensure pollination.

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