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Sarcococca confusa (Sweet box)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
6ft 7in
Max height
3ft 3in
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sarcococca confusa

Other names

Sweet box, Christmas box

Genus

Sarcococca Sarcococca

Species

S. confusa - S. confusa is dense, bushy, rounded, evergreen shrub with glossy, elliptic, tapered, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, white flowers in winter followed by glossy, spherical, black fruit.


Sarcococca confusa is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly fragrant.

Habit

Bushy, Dense, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sarcococca confusa (Sweet box) will reach a height of 6ft 7in and a spread of 3ft 3in after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution, Woodland, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in deep or partial shade. Tolerates full sun if the soil remains consistently moist. Pollution and drought tolerant. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Sarcococca confusa

Other names

Sweet box, Christmas box

Genus

Sarcococca Sarcococca

Species

S. confusa - S. confusa is dense, bushy, rounded, evergreen shrub with glossy, elliptic, tapered, dark green leaves and clusters of fragrant, white flowers in winter followed by glossy, spherical, black fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly fragrant.

Habit

Bushy, Dense, Rounded

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sarcococca confusa (Sweet box) will reach a height of 6ft 7in and a spread of 3ft 3in after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Cottage/Informal, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Resistant to pollution, Woodland, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in deep or partial shade. Tolerates full sun if the soil remains consistently moist. Pollution and drought tolerant. Shelter from cold, drying winds.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

WUCOLS water use

North Central Coastal - Low

Central Valley - Moderate/Medium

South Coastal - Moderate/Medium

South Inland Valley - Unknown

High & Inter. Desert - Inappropriate

Low Desert - Inappropriate

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