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Serissa foetida/Serissa

Serissa foetida / Serissa foetida
Sometimes used as a substitute for boxwood, especially when there is a need for a dwarf evergreen
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Sometimes used as a substitute for boxwood, especially when there is a need for a dwarf evergreen

Close view of mounding evergreen with tiny leaves and a sprinkling of creamy-white flowers

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Scientific Name: Serissa foetida
Common Name: Serissa
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: This is a dwarf evergreen shrub that is commonly used as a substitute for boxwood in hedges and other plantings where pattern in the garden is important. The leaves are very small, the flower buds are pink and the small open funnel-shaped flowers are white. Prune often to keep growth thick and plants compact. Crushed foliage is foul-smelling. Serrisa cannot tolerate dry conditions. Provide a fertile, well drained soil and morning sunlight for best performance. This plant is often trained as bonsai subjects.