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Fragrant Sweet Box

Sarcococca ruscifolia

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.
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Full shade

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationsar-ko-KOHK-a rus-si-FOH-li-a
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitBushy
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Espalier, Hedge, Woodland Garden, Dry Shade, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureImproved Pest and Disease Resistance, Shade Loving, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Camellia (Camellia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Yew (Taxus); Azalea (Azalea)

Provide 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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