Sweet Box

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

Sweet Box - Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna Sweet Box - Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

Common Name: Sweet Box
Genus: Sarcococca
Species: hookeriana var. digyna

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

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Suitable for ground cover, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Provides winter colour, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Long flowering period
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: December to March

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Clusters of small, creamy-white, tassel-like flowers and slender mid- to dark green leaves. This compact thicket-forming shrub is perfect for planting below a window, close to an entrance or path. Excellent evergreen ground cover for a moist shady spot the unassuming flowers are deceptive - their vanilla-like scent is one of the headiest winter fragrances.

Other Features: The flowers are followed by spherical black or blue-black berries.

Garden Care: In late-winter or early-spring lightly trim or prune back shoots that spoil the plant's symmetry. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant


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