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Sarcococca hookeriana (Sweet Box)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Rounded Multi-Stemmed Bush
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Winter), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Sarcococca hookeriana Description

This compact mound forming evergreen shrub with attractive dark green tear shaped leaves and compact habit provides AYR interest. Sweetly scented white flowers provide interest in early winter.


Sarcococca hookeriana - Cultivation Notes

Sarcocca flourishes on most free draining soils, especially chalky conditions. This evergreen is suitable for planting under shade - making it useful for problem shady areas. Water occasionally if very dry - mulch on poor soils. 2m tall X 1m.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Sarcococca hookeriana:

  • Scented blossom
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils
  • Suitable for planting in full shade
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Sarcococca hookeriana

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations

Design & Plant Use for Sarcococca hookeriana:

  • Provides scented winter blossom
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Evergreen shrub suitable for planting in a shady location
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Sarcococa, Sarkococa, Sarcocca, Sarkococca

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