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botanical name:
Sarcococca ruscifolia 'Dragon Gate'
Sarcococca ruscifolia 'Dragon Gate' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Sweet Box
family:  Buxaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 0.50m
width: 0.50m
growth rate: very slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: red
main season: Winter
aspect: part shade, shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Compact, small evergreen shrub with much smaller, narrowly pointed leaves than the species. Small, fragrant white flowers in late winter or early spring. Long lasting berries follow in autumn, deep red at first, ripening to red-black. Very slow growing.

cultivation:
Humus rich, moist, well drained soil in part shade. Will tolerate full shade and dry conditions once established. Not as cold hardy as some other species.
May be lightly trimmed if required, but rarely necessary.

propagation:
From cuttings or division of rooted suckers.

other notes:
Collected by Roy Lancaster in 1980 in Yunnan, China, where it was found growing close to an ornamental temple gate.

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