Common name: Sweet box
Known for their sweetly scented winter flowers and glossy evergreen foliage, sarcococcas may not steal the show, but they lift the spirits during the short days of winter.
Plant them by a path or doorway so you catch the fragrance, and mix them with companionable winter flowers like hellebores and snowdrops. They're also useful in dry shade under trees.
Sarcococca are bushy evergreen shrubs with glossy, dark green leaves. In winter, they produce small but highly fragrant, creamy-white flowers (some flushed pink), followed by black, purple or red berries.
A good choice for shady spots and happy in dry conditions once established.
The leaves can become yellow or pale and peaky in very dry situations or in full sun.
Did you know?
Sarcococca is in the box family (Buxaceae), so plants can be used as a lightly clipped, informal hedge in a shady spot.
Birch for winter interest
Plants for under trees
Plants for winter interest
Shade planting: annuals, bulbs and perennials
Shade planting: shrubs
Shrubs: evergreen by size
Shrubs: evergreen for specific situations
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