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  • sweet box
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 1m

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

sweet box

Perfect for pollinators
2 litre pot £21.99
2 litre pot £21.99
  • Position: partial to deep shade
  • Soil: any well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing to average
  • Flowering period: December to February
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A spreading, evergreen shrub with highly scented white flowers in winter, and slightly aromatic, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. This tough shade-tolerant shrub provides much-needed structure, scent and colour, and is ideal for a shady shrub or mixed border. The flowers are followed by long-lasting, blue-black berries.

  • Garden care: Lightly trim after flowering, if necessary. Add plenty of well-rotted compost when planting as it may become chlorotic if planted on poor, dry soils.