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  • sweet box
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'

sweet box

RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators £17.99
Pot size 2 litre pot
2 litre pot
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  • Position: partial to deep shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist, well- drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
  • Flowering period: December to March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A suckering, evergreen shrub that gradually forms a dense thicket. The new shoots are flushed with an attractive dark purple-pink hue which gradually fades as the stems mature. The stems are clothed with slender, tapering, dark green leaves and in winter sweetly scented, pink-tinged, white flowers appear, which are followed by rounded blue-black fruit.

  • Garden care: In late-winter or early-spring lightly trim or prune back shoots that spoil the plant's symmetry. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost around the base of the plant.
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