Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’
A delightful compact evergreen shrub with glossy dark green foliage and abundant conical panicles of pale green autumn-winter buds, opening to white spring flowers. Thriving in shade, it copes in sun with good moisture – an invaluable addition to the garden or winter container display.
Skimmia confusa is a cross of Skimmia anquetilia and Skimmia japonica, both species originating from temperate regions across East and South East Asia. The genus name was created by European botanists from the Japanese word for the plant, which is ‘Miyama shikimi.’ The first record of Skimmias grown in Europe was at Kew Gardens in 1838.
Like many Skimmia cultivars it has been bred to stay reasonably compact. Some are even occasionally selected for bonsai cultivation, but the original species can grow to 6m tall.
Care & Size Guidance
They will tolerate some sun with very attentive watering in the summer, so it’s much easier to keep them looking good in a shadier spot. If you have chalky or alkaline soil, it is better to keep them as container specimens using neutral or ericaceous compost.