Sarcococca ruscifolia

Fragrant Sweet Box
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Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

3-5′ x 3-5′

Exposure

Full, Partial Shade

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring

Special Features

Deer Resistant, Drought Resistant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Oval

Sunset Garden Zones

4-9, 14-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

9-Jul

Slow-growing evergreen shrub to 3-5’ tall and wide. This shade-loving species features dense glossy deep-green foliage and is revered for its small but powerfully fragrant frilly white flowers that fill the air with a sweet aroma in early-spring. Adding further appeal are the showy bright-red berries that appear after flowering. Great for planting in shady entryways or as an understory to low-branching evergreen trees. Prefers a rich well-drained soil and a full to partial shade exposure.

 

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