Sarcococca hookeriana var. humulis

Scientific name: Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis


Common names: “sarcococca” “sweet box”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 6-9

Light: Semi-shade – deep shade

Exposure: sheltered

Soil: Humus rich soil

Moisture: Well drained evenly moist


Plant Size: H 1-3′ W Spreading, suckering groundcover

Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy elliptical leaves

Flower: Small, creamy white flowers with crimson anthers, extremely fragrant! blooms January-February followed by black berries

Pruning: Only prune out diseased, damaged or dead stems

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Woody groundcover, under trees, woodland shrub, flower beds, scented gardens

Propagate: By division of suckers, cuttings or seeds

Pests & Disease: None

*Deer resistant

Comments: One modest plant has an aroma so pungent it smells up a 30′ diameter easily, very pleasant perfume-like fragrance


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