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botanical name:
Sarcococca confusa
Sarcococca confusa © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Christmas Box, Sweet Box
family:  Buxaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 1.50m
width: 1.80m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: Winter
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Slow growing, densely branched, spreading evergreen, sometimes suckering to form low thickets. Alternate, glossy dark green leaves. Very fragrant, small white flowers in late winter and black berries.

Tolerant of various conditions but best in moderately fertile, moist, well drained soil in full or part shade. Fairly drought tolerant once established.

By seed, semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, or by removal of rooted suckers.

Useful, tough ground-covering shrub, undramatic appearance but with fantastic winter scent.

other notes:

pronounced: sar-ko-KOK-a kon-FEW-sa
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