Himalayan Sweet Box

Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

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Great groundcover for the shade garden! The lustrous sheen of the dark green leaves creates a clean-looking uniform appearance. Fragrant white flowers are followed by blue-black fruit. Evergreen. Partial to full shade. Slow-growing shrub to 18 to 24 inches tall, spreads to 8 feet. Cutting grown.
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6 - 9

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Full shade, Partial shade

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationsar-ko-KOHK-a hook-er-ee-AN-uh
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThe perfect high groundcover for shade, this evergreen looks wonderful in the woodland garden or near an entryway. Fragrant winter blossoms are a bonus.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Dry Shade, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Shade Loving, Showy Fruit, Waterwise, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Key FeatureDeer Resistant Groundcover

Provide fertile, humus-rich, moist but 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 before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

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