Sweet Box Sarcococca Purple Stem Hedging
Sarcococca Purple Stem (Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna Purple Stem) Sweet Box
This elegant little variety of Sweet Box has shiny deep green tapering foliage, for added interest the young stems are flushed with purple and a hint of pink. From December until March they are clothed with a succession of pink tinged white flowers that have a delicious sweet fragrance. After the flowers finish they are replaced by shiny rounded black berries.
Sarcococca Purple Stem 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 Purple Stem 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 Sweet Box 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 Purple Stem
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 150cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Trim or prune if required after flowering, mulch in Spring