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Sarcococca ruscifolia /Sweet Box

Sarcococca ruscifolia  / Sarcococca ruscifolia
A specimen shrub with attractive foliage
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A specimen shrub with attractive foliage

Foliage with heavy spring budset

Nice healthy plants growing at the Columbia, SC Botanical Garden

Handsome evergreen foliage

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Scientific Name: Sarcococca ruscifolia
Common Name: Sweet Box
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: This is an intermediate sized evergreen shrub that grow well in partial shade and where the soil is well drained and have a generous amount of humus. Winter flowers are fragrant. The leathery foliage is dark glossy green and is a special feature of this shrub. Foliage can be damaged by hard freezes.