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Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

Hi, can anyone please put a name to this shrub. I've been searching through books all evening and have come across several that look like itimage Can somebody come to my rescue....please







  • Pat EPat E Posts: 11,987

    Do the flower buds open?  It would be a lot easier if I could see that.  The leaves look as though they need some nutrient, though. image

    S. E. NSW
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,420

    Looks like a skimmia rubella lacking nutrients.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151

    Skimmia japonica image

    They prefer neutral to acidic soil, so if you're on chalk that may be the cause of the mottled leaves.  I'd give it a dose of fertilizer designed for acid loving plants. 


    @ Aym - is the stephanotis in a pot?  If so I'd repot in good quality  fresh MPC and see if that improves things.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Give it time, as the new greener leaves come through, you can remove the mottled ones if you like.  Important to use ericaceous compost and feed for skimmia.

  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

    Hi, thanks everyone

    It is quite healthy really and the leaves always pick up after the winter season. Been in pot a good few years now. The pic was taken yesterday. I'm making an online photo album of all our plants and want to put a name to all of them.

    Thanks Verdun, I do have some Epsom Salts , how much to how much pleaseimage

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    Another vote for skimmia but not sure which one.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

    Ta Redwing, I thought so myself yesterday when I was doing my 'book hunt' just wanted to verify it and find out which oneimage

  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden Posts: 862

    Bumping up to ask for Verduns helpimage

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