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Sarcococca ruscifolia - 'Dragon's Gate' (Christmas Box, 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 Medium Growing Plant
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Sarcococca ruscifolia Description

This compact mound forming evergreen shrub with attractive dark green tear shaped leaves and compact habit provides AYR interest. Scented pinky / white flowers provide interest Jan - March, followed by black berries in winter.


Sarcococca ruscifolia - Cultivation Notes

Sarcocca flourishes on most free draining but moisture retentive fertile soils, including chalky and clay soils. This evergreen prefers a sheltered spot in part shade, being well suited to informal woodland planting, where it can planted in numbers forming an attractive medium height evergreen ground cover, if you are prepared to wait - as Sarcocca is a slow grower. Water occasionally if very dry - mulch around estabkished plants occasionally to feed on poor soils. 2m tall X 1m spread - which extends with suckering.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Sarcococca ruscifolia:

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

Weaknesses of Sarcococca ruscifolia

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations

Design & Plant Use for Sarcococca ruscifolia:

  • Provides scented winter blossom
  • Evergreen shrub suitable suitable for training up a wall
  • 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

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