Sweet Box

Sarcococca confusa

Sweet Box - Sarcococca confusa

Common Name: Sweet Box
Genus: Sarcococca
Species: confusa

The Greek translation of the word Sarcococca refers to the fleshy berries of these shrubs.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Provides winter colour, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: January & February

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This evergreen shrub has glossy, tapered, dark green leaves. In winter, Sarcococca confusa produces clusters of white flowers that have a very strong, sweet fragrance. Round, shiny, black berries follow the flowers. Sarcococca confusa will tolerate drought, once established if it is grown in the recommended shady conditions.


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