Fragrant Sweet Box

Sarcococca ruscifolia

Item 7051


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USDA Zone:
  • Light Needs
    Full shade
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

A beautiful shrub for shady areas! White spring flowers are small, but very fragrant. Blooms are followed by bright red ornamental fruit. Forms natural espalier against a wall. An outstanding choice for dry shade gardens where other plants won't grow! Evergreen.

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Average Size at Maturity
Slowly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Flowering Season
Landscape Use
Botanical Name: Sarcococca ruscifolia
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Shade Loving, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Fragrant
Bloom Time: Early Spring
Flower Color: White
Garden Style: Cottage ,   Rustic
Design Ideas: Fragrance makes this an important shrub around windows, doors and outdoor living areas. Evergreen foliage is also ideal for covering up footings, vents, utilities and other unsightly spots around foundation planting. Deep green foliage is an exceptional background for artistic elements or intensely colored perennials. A great choice for shaded areas between buildings or where influence of large old shade or street trees limit plant choices to shade tolerant species.

Provide fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. Shelter from cold, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Apply fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.


The fact that this species is polyembryonic, with up to seven embryos in one seed. It was first thought to be the result of atomic bomb radiation, but was proved later that the anomaly began before 1923 and therefore was a natural mutation.

Customer Reviews

We love this!
by sawwhetowls, April 12, 2017

We live in the woods and we bought 3 of these about 8-10 years ago. They lost their delicious strawberry-like scent, but we don't know why. They are easy to cutback and then they are off growing fast and furious each spring. They are so very pretty! We use them as a screen to hide the underside of our 2nd story deck bottom. It looks incredible. Very low maintenance from day one for us.

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