Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional supplemental watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow grower to 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Deer Resistant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Early spring
Botanical Pronunciation:sar-ko-KOHK-a rus-si-FOH-li-a
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
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 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:
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.