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Sweet Box

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

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Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

2.5m

1m

Min

1.5m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Overview

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna is a small evergreen shrub in the Buxaceae family. It has green or purplish stems that produce mid-green, narrow leaves. In late winter it bears clusters of very fragrant, creamy white flowers which develop into black berries. It has a suckering habit and flowers in the winter. This plant may tolerate full sun if the soil is consistently damp. This variety is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems

Generally pest and disease free.

    Harvesting

    Generally not harvested by flowering stems can be cut for floral arrangements.

    Propagation

    Seed

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

    Cuttings

    Take semi hardwood cuttings in late summer.

    Special Features

    Attractive flowers

    Winter colour

    Attracts useful insects

    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.