Sweet Box Sarcococca Humilis Hedging
Sarcococca humilis (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) Sweet Box
The gorgeous shiney, deep green foliage of this evergreen shrub makes the perfect backdrop for highly scented tubular white flowers that will fill your garden with their sweet fragrance from December until March. When the flowers finally finish they are followed by persistent shiny blue-black berries.
Sarcococca humilis shrubs are perfect for shady borders or containers and their dense bushy growth makes them a good plant for hedging or as an edging to paths and paved areas, in particular as a Box replacement. They are easily maintained at a height up to 75cm with a light trim after flowering to keep them dense and bushy, they are a great source of structure, colour and fragrance during the Winter.
Sarcococca humilis is an easy, low maintenance shrub. They thrive in shade rather than the sun, either moderate or dense shade is fine. Once established they are very tough and drought tolerant although they do appreciate a generous mulch in spring. This is also one of the few shrubs that grows well in damp shade.
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We deliver these plants to you in the pots they are grown in, because there is no root disturbance they can delivered and planted all year round with excellent results.
How to grow Sarcococca humilis
Position: Partial, moderate or dense shade.
Foliage: Evergreen shrub, leaves stay on the shrub all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil, dry shade, damp shade.
Flowering time: Late Winter – Early Spring
Growth rate: slow
Ultimate height and spread 150cm high x 100cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim or prune if required after flowering, mulch in Spring