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Skimmi japonica
House Plant | Trees and shrubs | Magnoliopsida

Scientific name - skimmi japonica

Synonyms -

Popular names -

Distribution and Habitat - originating in the forests of Japan and Taiwan.

Description - evergreen shrub. Branches erect. Leaves green, alternate or subverticilate, 6-21 x 2.5 cm, limb oblong, coriaceu, top acuminata, edge entire, nervatiune pinnate. Flowers arranged in terminal panicule, small flowers, hermaphrodite, pedicel with bractei opposite, subulate, calyx with 4-5 sepa, Corola with 5 petals oblong. Blooming period - from February to April. Global drupe fruit, bright red, 8 mm in diameter.

Growth rate - slowly.

Tolerances - tolerate atmospheric pollution. Hang up to temperatures (-15 ° C).

Requirements - acid soil, pH 5.0 - 5.7, well-drained. If increased to ghivece can easily replant this spring. Prefers shady places or partial shading.

Management - is the crown trimming after flowering. After several years, can cut the old stems to 10 cm from the ground to maintain vigorous bush.

Propagation - by seeds and root cuttings. The seeds are cleaned of flesh before seeding will germinate in 3-4 weeks. Root cuttings are taken in July-August, 7.10 cm long seedlings. He needs 18 months before being moved to the garden. So multiplying by buts and the greenhouse varieties are cold.

Diseases and pests -

Natural partners and Garden - Daphne darling, Prunus laurocerasus, Ilex sp.,Viburnum tinus, Camellia japonica, Hamamelis mollis.

Cultivars and varieties - 'fragrans', Nymans',' Red Princess', 'rubella', 'Scarlet Queen', 'Veitchii'.

Properties and Uses - cultivated as ornamental species, male specimens (♂) were pleasant smelling flowers.

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References

H. Van Dijk - Encyclopedia of Border Plants - Routledge, 1999

Jacqueline Herit - Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges - Creative Homeowner, 2005

Kathleen Fisher - Taylor's Guide to Shrubs - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001

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