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Sarcococca id please.
When I bought this shrub many years ago it was just named as Sarcococca. Today for the first time ever I have been able to smell it. I alsonoticed a bright red ripe berry. So what is it as the RHS book says it will have black berries? The brown twig infront of the berry is from the overhead tree. I didnt notice it when I took the photo.

On plant Sracococca

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The RHS book is, of necessity, very selective. Wiki describes a few species and says that the berries (drupes) of the genus can be either red or black.
On the Paghat Garden site I found that Saracococca ruscifolia (Fragrant Sweetbox) has drupes that ripen to blood red in autumn.
I have not come across this before but it looks an interesting genus. We will have to consider one for our own garden.

6 Jan, 2013


Thats my problem BA. Would you say the fruit was blood red? My RHS entry for S. ruscifolia says creamy flowers in winter [yes right so far] followed by deep red fruits, are these deep red?

Its a happy thing in the shade too.

6 Jan, 2013

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