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botanical name:
Sarcococca confusa
Sarcococca confusa © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Christmas Box, Sweet Box
family:  Buxaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 1.50m
width: 1.80m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: Winter
aspect: full sun, part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
description:
Slow growing, densely branched, spreading evergreen, sometimes suckering to form low thickets. Alternate, glossy dark green leaves. Very fragrant, small white flowers in late winter and black berries.

cultivation:
Tolerant of various conditions but best in moderately fertile, moist, well drained soil in full or part shade. Fairly drought tolerant once established.

propagation:
By seed, semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, or by removal of rooted suckers.

usage:
Useful, tough ground-covering shrub, undramatic appearance but with fantastic winter scent.

other notes:
RHS AGM

pronounced: sar-ko-KOK-a kon-FEW-sa

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