Sweet Box Sarcococca Ruscifolia Hedging
Sarcococca ruscifolia (Sweet Box, Christmas Box)
This slightly lower growing Sweet Box has glossy, evergreen leaves of darkest green, looking neat and tidy all year round. From December until March the creamy white flowers appear in succession with a strong, sweet vanilla scent that fills the garden with their perfume. After the flower show has finished, colourful red berries appear continuing the display well into the Summer.
Sarcococca ruscifolia 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. This variety also makes first class evergreen gound cover, slowly and surely colonising difficult shady areas where few other shrubs or garden plants will thrive.
Sarcococca ruscifolia 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. Like other varieties, 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 ruscifolia
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 100cm 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