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Skimmia japonica - new growth? Pruning?

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
Hi, randomly (although due to my lack of knowledge maybe not!) they all have new growth appearing! Do I dead head the flowers now? Where to? Will I get more flowers? Thanks for any tips!


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,556
    Do you know whether it's a male, female or hermaphrodite variety? If it's female or hermaphrodite, leave the flowers on if you want berries later. I don't think they repeat flower.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,556
    The new growth looks absolutely normal to me. It'll darken to the colour of the older leaves as it matures.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,918
    No, they don't repeat flower. Most people leave the flowers to their own devices, and they don't really need pruning. The new growth is fine, as @JennyJ says   :)
    I've only just noticed the smell on the flowers as I walk past loads of them in gardens. I don't think they normally flower well here, but it's been a different spell of weather in the last few months, and they've been lovely.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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