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Serissa foetida 'Variegata' /Variegated Serissa

Serissa foetida 'Variegata'  / Serissa foetida 'Variegata'
A low hedge of serissa at the Birmingham Botanical Garden
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A low hedge of serissa at the Birmingham Botanical Garden

Low unclipped hedge

A view of foliage showing the white leaf margins

Specimen growing among stones

Plants and stone edging along a garden path

Close-up view of foliage

White leaf margins and flowers of a landscape specimen

White flowers against leaves edged in white

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Scientific Name: Serissa foetida 'Variegata'
Common Name: Variegated Serissa
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Black
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: This is an excellent evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub that is sometimes used as a substitute for boxwood. It produces petite leaves with cream-colored margins. Foliage is very fine textured. Foliage can smell is somewhat unpleasant, thus the species name, foetida (foul-smelling)