I'm not sure I'm handling the ropes here the right way - put a mail about Skimmias somewhere else. As Dawn said in her introduction, I'll probably be here the most with my questions, though possibly elsewhere with my 'knowledgeable' comments.
Anyway - I have a very sad Skimmia, a big one, which we moved a couple of feet early in the spring. I'm not sure about root damage but it looks like the Skimmia certainly didn't like being moved. I'm sure it got enough water - this is a wet country, though there are occasionally dry spells and I can't for the life of me remember whether there was one after moving it. It's just highly unlikely at that time of year.
The question is now: what should we do? Cut it down? Leave it and wait till next spring?