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botanical name:
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis
Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Sweet box
synonyms:  Sarcococca humilis
family:  Buxaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 0.45m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: mounding
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: Winter
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Small stoloniferous evergreen shrub, spreading by suckers to make dense low mounds. Narrowly lanceolate, leathery dark green leaves. Small white, often pink tinted, flowers in late winter to early spring, followed by black berries. Though not very showy, the flowers have a very strong sweet fragrance.

Moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil in a shady position. Tolerates quite dry conditions once established.

By division of rooted suckers.

Excellent groundcover for shady places. Worth planting for the sweet heady fragrance alone.

other notes:
Native to the western Himalayas.

pronounced: sar-ko-KOK-a hook-er-ee-A-na HUM-il-is
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