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Sarcococca confusa sweet box ☂ partial shade /Full shade ❅hardy ★ Award ✿Evergreen

 Sarcococca confusa sweet box ☂ partial shade /Full shade ❅hardy ★ Award ✿Evergreen  (Sarcococca confusa sweet box)

Preferred common namesweet box

Sarcococca are compact, sometimes suckering evergreen shrubs with simple, leathery leaves and tiny, fragrant creamy-white flowers in winter or spring, followed by red, purple or black berries which may persist into the following winter

S. confusa is a bushy evergreen shrub to 2m, with glossy, deep green, wavy ovate leaves 3-5cm in length and, in winter, inconspicuous, very sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers, followed by glossy black berries

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How to growSunlight
Part shade Full shade Aspect
South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained humus-rich soil in shade. Full sun may be tolerated when planted in damp soil. Also tolerant of atmospheric pollution, dry shade and neglect
Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or propagate by seed sown in containers outdoors in autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Ground Cover, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance or Cottage/Informal Garden

How to carePruning
Pruning group 8

Generally pest free
Generally disease free
CharacteristicsPlant type



H4 (hardy)
White in Winter

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Black in Summer

SizeUltimate height
1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread
1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height
5-10 years

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thats nice paul :o)

11 Jan, 2013


Thanks Sandra - this was a B&Q buy last Christmas - maybe year before thinking about it, the berries are stunning - now the scented flowers coming through too :-))

11 Jan, 2013


I also have one of these, Paul. It's in flower just now, and although it's in the front garden, we can actually smell it in the back garden which is roughly 15mtrs away :0

12 Jan, 2013


that is great Waddy - the flowers a bit slower for me - love the smell - alike Lily of the valley I think :-)

12 Jan, 2013


I like the look of that , Paulie , I will try to "aquire " one before too long , I've made a note .

12 Jan, 2013


Great stuff Driad :)))

13 Jan, 2013


Its lovely Paul looks so healthy too.

13 Jan, 2013


looks nice Paul :-)

13 Jan, 2013


Thanks sixpence and Surreylad :))

13 Jan, 2013



14 Jan, 2013


Have dine really well this year, reckon they like the rain....

15 Jan, 2013


yes DDaisy much better than last years :-))

15 Jan, 2013

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