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Sarcococca hookeriana (Sweet Box, Christmas 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 has masses of small attractive dark green tear shaped leaves and compact habit. Hookeriana is slightly more spreading species, so ideal as an informal ground cover in shady spots. Sweetly scented white flowers provide interest throughout the winter months.


Sarcococca hookeriana - Cultivation Notes

Sarcocca is a hardy shrub that flourishes on free draining fertile soils (including chalk and clay), 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 where it will slowly knit together and form a dense ground cover. 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 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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View other ground cover plants with white flowers, or ground cover plants with medium green foliage


Common Missspellings: Sarcococa, Sarkococa, Sarcocca, Sarkococca

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