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A picture of a Christmas Box

Christmas Box

Sarcococca confusa

Also known as

Sweet Box

Sarcococca confusa inflorescence by Meneerke bloem (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1.5m

1.5m

Min

1m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Overview

This bushy evergreen shrub has glossy dark green leaves and in winter it produces very small but fragrant creamy white flowers which then develop into black berries. This plant may tolerate full sun if the soil stays damp.

Common problems

Generally pest and disease free.

    Harvesting

    Generally not harvested but flowering stems can be cut for floral decorations.

    Propagation

    Cuttings

    Take semi hardwood cuttings in late summer

    Seed

    In autumn sow seeds in pots and provide winter protection in a cold frame. Or sow in Spring.

    Special Features

    Ground cover

    Attractive flowers

    Winter colour

    Uses

    This low maintenance plant can be used to provide ground cover on banks and slopes. It is tolerate of dry shade, atmospheric pollution and neglect.

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