Plant Care Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia Japonica

About Skimmia Japonica

Japanese Skimmia is a low, evergreen shrub that grows to 4 feet tall and as wide or wider. It provides year-round interest with evergreen leaves, showy spring flowers in clusters and red fall drupes that persist into winter. It has also been used in bonsai.


Skimmia japonica

Also known as

Skimmia, Skimmia and Japanese skimmia

How to care for Skimmia Japonica


How often to water your Skimmia Japonica

Water needs for Skimmia Japonica
0.5 cups
every 9

Skimmia Japonica needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Skimmia Japonica

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Skimmia in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Skimmia Japonica: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Skimmia Japonica may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Skimmia Japonica

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Skimmia Japonica: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Skimmia Japonica after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Skimmia Japonica is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia Japonica

Skimmia Japonica

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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