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Sweet Box in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Sarcococca

 

Sweet Box

Sarcococca (sweet box or Christmas box) is a genus of around 20 species of evergreen flowering plants often used for hedging. It is slow-growing, and the flowers, which are often fragrant, are followed by red or black fruit.

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plant Features
  • Sweet Box likes partial shade to deep shade

    Partial shade to deep shade

  • Sweet Box likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Sweet Box is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Sweet Box likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Sweet Box

Latin name

Sarcococca

type

Evergreen Shrub

family

Buxaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Sweet Box likes partial shade to deep shade

    Partial shade to deep shade

  • Frost

    Sweet Box is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Sweet Box likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Sweet Box likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Sweet Box is 1.00meters x 2.00meters 1.00 M 2.00 M

Sarcococca

Sarcococca (sweet box or Christmas box) is a genus of around 20 species of evergreen flowering plants often used for hedging. It is slow-growing, and the flowers, which are often fragrant, are followed by red or black fruit.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained humus-rich soil in shade. Full sun may be tolerated when planted in damp soil. Also tolerant of atmospheric pollution, dry shade and neglect. They can be planted to create a low hedge or used in the border as specimens or en masse to create a wave of fragrance. And they can be extremely effective grown in pots, perhaps alongside some flowering heathers, placed in a prominent position when they come into flower in the winter, to brighten up the front of a house or patio.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer or propagate by seed sown in containers outdoors in autumn or spring

 
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