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  • Common Name: Sweet Box, Winter Box
  • Position: Partial shade to full shade
  • Soil: Moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Flowers: December to March
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Habit: Evergreen shrub
  • Height & Spread: 200cm × 100cm
One of the larger growing varieties, this can attain a height of up to 2m. With wavy, dark green, glossy leaves, it produces creamy white, strongly scented flowers in winter followed by black fruits.
 
Sarcococcas (commonly known as Sweet Box or Christmas Box) are an absolute must for every garden. Evergreen, they offer year-round interest, but their particular beauty is in the sweet fragrance of the flowers it produces over a long period from late autumn right through the winter and into spring.
 
The word Sarcococca derives from the Greek for "Fleshy Berry" referring to the fruits borne after flowering.
Sarcococca confusa RHS Award of Garden Merit

Instructions

Sarcococcas prefer a partially shaded position and a rich, moderately fertile soil that does not dry out in the summer. If growing in a pot, use John Innes No 3 compost. When planting, incorporate lots of organic matter such as well-rotted manure or leaf mould. Once established, they are pretty self-reliant and require very little input. A spring feed of a slow release granular fertiliser is ideal, preferably one of those suitable for Camellias and Rhododendrons.

They are rarely bothered by pests and generally require no pruning, though if you want to prune them, the best time to do this is in the spring once they have finished flowering.



Sweet Box

Kelways Guide to Sarcococcas


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