Sweet Box (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Resistances: Drought tolerant


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 8:04 AM

Native to the western Himalayas, Sarcococca is an evergreen shrub that spreads slowly. It likes rich organic soil and shade. The shrub has shiny, pointed, 3" long leaves that are medium to dark green and look good all year long. A ground cover of Sarcococca looks neat and uniform. In late winter and early spring, many small white flowers produce a sweet fragrance. Flowers are followed by attractive purple-black berries.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 14, 2013 9:40 PM

This shrub is known for its hauntingly sweet fragrance in early winter. For whatever reason, I cannot discern any fragrance whatsoever, and find it prone to bug infestation.

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