Sarcococca ruscifolia

Christmas box

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

Sarcococca species are Chinese and Himalayan evergreen shrubs, related to the common box.. Most are fairly small, slow-growing plants, broader than they are tall, and very shade-tolerant although they also grow well in full sun if the roots are kept consistently moist. They are suckering shrubs that make good ground cover once established. This variety is winter-flowering with a powerful fragrance which compensates for the small size of the blooms. The variety 'Digyna' is a good alternative that's very hardy in exposed positions.

Genus: Sarcococca

Species: ruscifolia

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 80cm

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i want to create a hedge about 3 feet high and approx 20 yards in length,also one that will grow quickly

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