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Skimmia japonica Magic Marlot


Deep purple flowers and golden edged leaves

The handsome, evergreen leaves which have a glittering golden edge are reason enough to choose this plant but this Skimmia has two other tricks up its sleeve. It produces its flower buds in autumn when they sit amongst the leaves as white clusters. Through the winter months they mature to deep pink and open to thick white spikes of starry flowers in spring, wafting their scent around the garden.


Plant in a sunny or part shaded, open site in all but shallow chalk soils. Also happy in a large container.


Keep well watered until established. Use ericaceous compost if growing in a container.

This is a male variety that produces masses of flowers in spring but no berries in autumn

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 75 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September