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Sarcococca confusa (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), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Sarcococca confusa Description

This compact evergreen shrub has attractive small dark green glossy lance shaped leaves and a compact habit. Sarcocca can make an informal alternative to box - being well suited to informal planting in shaded areas - providing all year round garden interest. Sarcococcas compact habit make it useful for drift planting in shady areas where with time it will form an attractive drift, however be prepared to wait as Sarcocca is rather slow growing . Sarcocca produces masses of small strongly sweet scented cream / white flowers from December through to March, followed by black berries in winter.

Sarcococca confusa - Cultivation Notes

Sarcocca is a hardy shrub that flourishes on free draining fertile soils (including chalk), but prefers a moisture retentive yet free draining soil with plenty of humus. This evergreen is suitable for planting under shade - making it ideal for woodland planting and useful for problem shady areas. Water occasionally if very dry - mulch on poor soils. No need to prune but trim to shape. Height and spread up to 1 metre.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Sarcococca confusa:

  • 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 cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for planting in full shade
  • Produces winter flowers

Weaknesses of Sarcococca confusa

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap

Design & Plant Use for Sarcococca confusa:

  • 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 for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting

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Common Missspellings: Sarcococa, Sarkococa, Sarcocca, Sarkococca

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