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Sarcococca ruscifolia


Sarcococca ruscifolia is a tall and elegant occasionally suckering sweet box with dark green, leathery, shiny, somewhat twisted, evergreen leaves atop arching stems to 3-4 ft. tall. In late winter and early spring small, white, feathery, extremely fragrant flowers are produced along the stems followed later by dark red to black berries. Use as in informal hedge or for evergreen accents in their garden where you can enjoy the winter fragrance.

Common Name: Fragrant Sweet Box

Family: Buxaceae (The Boxwood Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-9

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Late Winter - Early Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: Yes

Berries: Black


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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