Skimmia Japonica Rubella
A Beginner's Guide to Growing Skimmia Japonica Rubella
Skimmia japonica rubella is a beautiful flowering plant that makes a fine addition to any flower garden or home landscape. More widely known by its common name, skimmia, the rubella variety is a fairly easy to grow evergreen shrub that produces green, white or yellow flowers that emit a comforting and enduring fragrance.
The rubella type of skimmia plant is a garden favorite because it is quite versatile and attractive to look at nearly all year long. Because the skimmia japonica rubella tends to be fairly compact in size, they can be grown in container gardens for a wonderful splash of year-round color.
The flowers on the rubella shrub are deliciously scented and bloom during the spring in shades of green, yellow or white. Once the lovely flowers have their time in the limelight, some varieties of skimmia produce tiny, red fruit, which will stay on the plant through the fall and winter. And if the flowers and fruit bunds weren’t enough to make this a favorite shrub, the leaves are a majestically deep green with edges that turn red for an even more attractive view.
The skimmia plant is native to the Far East and the Himalayan Mountains, where they grow naturally in a variety of shapes and sizes. Skimmia shrubs grow in both male and female varieties, and both sexes must be planted together in order to produce the flowers. The skimmia japonica rubella is a male variety of the skimmia shrub, although some of these types of shrubs are able to grow both male and female flowers on the same plant.
Planting the Skimmia Rubella
Skimmia rubella plants are a wonderful choice for beginning gardeners, as well as those who do not have a ton of space to work with. The rubella shrub is not overly large, so it can even be planted in pots and set on a front porch or patio. The rubella is quite a hardy shrub, and it can be grown through many of the middle and southern zones of the United States.
When planting the rubella, the hole should be approximately twice the size of the root ball. Rubellas prefer a partially shaded to fully shaded area, so keep this in mind when selecting the best planting location. This is not a shrub that will do very well sitting in the harsh sunlight all day long.
As far as soil conditions go, the rubella can thrive in a variety of soil types, including sandy soil and clay. The most important thing is that the location is well draining, as flooding is not a friend to the rubella shrub. When planting rubellas in a container garden, be sure the pot has drainage holes to allow the water to flow through and not become a small pond within the pot. Do not mistake good drainage for a desire for dry conditions, however. The rubella likes moist soil, just not overly wet.
Rubellas can have problems with aphids, and this can be controlled by keeping the garden weeded and clear of pesky intruders. A quick spray with a soapy water solution can also help to protect the plant’s leaves and flowers from damaging insects, as well as lady bugs, who are a gardeners friend when it comes to sweeping for pests.