Fragrant Sweet Box
Fragrant Sweet Box
Sarcococca ruscifoliaItem #7051 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
A beautiful shrub for shady areas! White spring flowers are small, but very fragrant. Blooms are followed by bright red ornamental fruit. Forms natural espalier against a wall. An outstanding choice for dry shade gardens where other plants won't grow! Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:sar-ko-KOHK-a rus-si-FOH-li-aPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Deer Resistant, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Showy Fruit, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Early SpringFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesFragrantDesign 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 PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Camellia (Camellia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Yew (Taxus); Azalea (Azalea)
- CareCare InformationProvide fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full shadeWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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.