• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional supplemental watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Waterwise Plant
    Early spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:sar-ko-KOHK-a rus-si-FOH-li-a
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Design IdeasFragrance makes this an important shrub around windows, doors and outdoor living areas. Evergreen foliage is also ideal for covering up footings, vents, utilities and other unsightly spots around foundation planting. Deep green foliage is an exceptional background for artistic elements or intensely colored perennials. A great choice for shaded areas between buildings or where influence of large old shade or street trees limit plant choices to shade tolerant species.
    Companion PlantsGroup this dark fragrant shrub with brigher shade garden dwellers such as Buttons 'N Bows Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monrey'), Cherry Berry Plantain Lily, (Hosta x 'Cherry Berry'), Stoplight Foamy Bells, (x Heucherella 'Spotlight') and Golden Japanese Forest Grass, (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional supplemental watering.
  • History & Lore
    This species is native to the Himalayas of China, grouped into the boxwood family. It was introduced by Hooker rather late after he returned from a collecting trip in 1901.
    The fact that this species is polyembryonic, with up to seven embryos in one seed. It was first thought to be the result of atomic bomb radiation, but was proved later that the anomaly began before 1923 and therefore was a natural mutation.