Skimmia is native to parts of Japan, China, and South East Asia. It is a small shrub, growing up to two to five feet in height and width, with a rounded, upright shape. This evergreen shrub is known for its bright, glossygreen leaves and small, white, off-white flowers that appear in spring and autumn. These flowers are attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial garden visitors.
Skimmia is easy to care for, preferring semi-shade (though it can take full sun) and regular water. Skimmias are highly cold hardy, probably at least to the thirties Fahrenheit for a short period of time. Grown in climates with USDA Hardiness Zone 8-10, Skimmia is an ideal choice for gardens in mild climates.
When grown in containers, a well-draining potting soil can be used to provide a good growing environment for Skimmia. For colder regions, it is important to make sure that the pot is covered or brought inside during the winter. You can also use insulation to cover the pot or even wrap it in bubble wrap to help insulate against frost. With the right care, Skimmia will continue to provide a stunning display in any garden.