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Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf sweet box)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
1m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

Other names

Dwarf sweet box, Dwarf Christmas box, Sarcococca humilis

Genus

Sarcococca Sarcococca

Variety or Cultivar

S. hookeriana var. humilis _ S. hookeriana var. humilis is a compact, suckering, evergreen shrub with erect shoots bearing oblong, glossy, dark green leaves and, in winter, clusters of fragrant, pink-flushed, white flowers followed by spherical, blue-black fruit.


Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly fragrant.

Habit

Compact, Suckering

Flower

Flushed pink, 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. After flowering, trim or prune back any shoots that spoil shape.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf sweet box) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in deep or partial shade in a sheltered position. If soil remains moist during summer, it tolerates full sun. Tolerates pollution, drought, and neglect.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

Other names

Dwarf sweet box, Dwarf Christmas box, Sarcococca humilis

Genus

Sarcococca Sarcococca

Variety or Cultivar

S. hookeriana var. humilis _ S. hookeriana var. humilis is a compact, suckering, evergreen shrub with erect shoots bearing oblong, glossy, dark green leaves and, in winter, clusters of fragrant, pink-flushed, white flowers followed by spherical, blue-black fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly fragrant.

Habit

Compact, Suckering


Colour

Flower

Flushed pink, 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. After flowering, trim or prune back any shoots that spoil shape.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis (Dwarf sweet box) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well drained, humus-rich soil in deep or partial shade in a sheltered position. If soil remains moist during summer, it tolerates full sun. Tolerates pollution, drought, and neglect.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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