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Sarcococca Genus

Christmas box

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Sarcococca genus (Christmas box). This genus consists of about 14 species of wiry-stemmed, evergreen shrubs. They have glossy, deep green, elliptical leaves. They will also produce small, white to pink flowers which are sweetly scented, after the berries are produced. They are fully to half hardy and will grow in sun or shade in fertile, not too dry soil. You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Sweet box

Origin

China, Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage, fragrant, winter flowers and spherical fruits.

Cultivation

They grow well in a cool, moist climate with well-drained soil. You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or from cuttings in summer or by layers.

Propagation

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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