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Purple Stem Sweet Box

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna 'Purple Stem'

Masses of highly fragrant flowers add wonderful appeal to the winter garden. This easy, slowly spreading shrub has showy red stems that bear slender evergreen leaves. The pink-tinged blooms produce shiny blue-black ornamental fruit. Excellent for shaded settings, massed as a groundcover or a low hedge.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationsar-ko-KOHK-a hook-er-ee-AN-uh
Average Size at MaturitySpreading growth reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate Winter to Early Spring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorPurplish-pink
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Edging
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Shade Loving, Showy Fruit
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea); Camellia (Camellia); Astilbe (Astilbe); Azalea (Azalea); Yew (Taxus)

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; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Apply fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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