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A picture of a Willow Leafed Sweet Box

Willow Leafed Sweet Box

Sarcococca saligna

Also known as

Willow-Leaf Sweet-Box

Sarcococca saligna (7788788432) by Dinesh Valke (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Overview

Sarcococca saligna is an evergreen shrub in the Buxaceae family. It is also commonly known by the name Willow-Leaf Sweet Box. This compact plant typically grows to around 1m in height, it has lance-shaped glossy leaves up to 13cm long. These are borne on upright, arching stems and this plant produces small green-white, slightly scented flowers in the winter. Flowers lead onto purple berry fruits.

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood cuttings best taken in late summer.

Seed

Sow seed in autumn or spring.

Special Features

Attractive leaves