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botanical name:
Sarcococca orientalis
Sarcococca orientalis © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Sweet Box
family:  Buxaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 1.00m
width: 1.20m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: Winter
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Bushy evergreen with upright shoots. Comparatively large, broad, mid to dark green leaves, up to about 8cm long. Sweetly fragrant, small pink-tinged, white flowers in late winter. Shiny black berries follow later. Slow growing but may sucker to form low thickets.

Tolerant of various conditions but best in moderately fertile, humus-rich, 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.

other notes:
Introduced from E China by Roy Lancaster in 1980. Less commonly cultivated than other species.

pronounced: sar-ko-KOK-a oree-en-TAL-is
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