Sarcococca ruscifolia

(Fragrant, Sweet Box)


$19.99


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Sarcococca ruscifolia, commonly called fragrant sweetbox or fragrant sarcococca, is a dense, low-growing, sometimes suckering, broadleaf evergreen shrub with a compact habit that typically grows to 3-4′ tall and as wide. It features glossy deep green, evergreen leaves, fragrant, white flowers with early spring bloo, and globular dark red berries which ripen to black. This small shrub is native from central to western China.

Description

Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-9 where it is best grown in acidic, organically rich, moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Best in part shade. Leaves lose luster and may burn in full sun. Best with consistent moisture. Appreciates a good mulch. Propagate by division or seed. Prune in spring after flowering to maintain attractive shape. Consider locating this shrub in areas where the flower fragrance can be appreciated (e.g., near doors, sidewalks or foundations).

Additional information

Common Name

Fragrant, Sweet Box

Botanical Name

Sarcococca ruscifolia

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate

Slow

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade

Height

to 4 ft.

Width

to 4 ft.

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

March

Flower Color

white

Fragrance

Yes

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

Berry Color

red

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