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Sarcococca ruscrifolia - 'Chinensis' (Sweet Box, Sarcocca)

Sarcococca ruscrifolia - 'Chinensis' (Sweet Box, Sarcocca)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover
Form Spreading clump
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours White Flowers (Winter), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Sarcococca ruscrifolia Description

This low compact evergreen shrub will grow to around 1 - 1.5 metres in height and spread. Attractive evergreen glossy dark green distinctive longer strap shaped leaves. Scented pinky / white flowers provide interest from December to March, followed by black berries in winter.


Sarcococca ruscrifolia - 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 knit together and form a dense ground cover. This variety is commonly planted as it more vigorous and thus faster to establish than other slow growing varieties. 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 ruscrifolia:

  • 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 ruscrifolia

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Sarcococca ruscrifolia:

  • 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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