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botanical name:
Sarcococca hookeriana var. dygna 'Purple Stem'
Sarcococca hookeriana var. dygna 'Purple Stem' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Christmas Box, Sweet Box
family:  Buxaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover, scented/aromatic
height: 1.50m
width: 1.50m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: mounding
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
stem/bark: purple
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:
Small evergreen suckering shrub with upright stems that are distinctively purple flushed when young. Long narrow dark green leaves, often with a purple-pink flush. Winter flowering with a very strong, sweet fragrance. Small black berries later.

cultivation:
Shade tolerant and unfussy.

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