2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position:Shade, partialshade
- Soil: Fertile, well drained
- Growth rate: Slow
- Flowering period: December – March
- Hardiness: H5
- Eventual height: 1 – 1.5m
- Eventual spread: 1 – 1.5m
Sarcococca Confusa, commonly known as ‘Sweet Box’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a dense, bushy, evergreen shrub that belongs to the family Buxaceae. It has been widely cultivated for ornamental purposes and is highly valued for its fragrant flowers and glossy foliage.
The plant typically grows to a height and spread of 1.5 metres. The leaves are dark green, glossy, and leathery, have a lanceolate shape and grow in an alternate pattern on the stem. The plant has a compact and dense growth habit, making it ideal for hedges or as a border plant.
This Sarcococca produces small, fragrant flowers in late Winter to early Spring, typically around December. The flowers are white, tiny, and insignificant in shape and their sweet fragrance is highly prized and can fill the surrounding air with a delightful scent.
After flowering, this plant produces small, glossy black berries that persist through the Winter. The berries are not edible and are poisonous to humans and pets if ingested.
In summary, this is an attractive and versatile evergreen shrub that provides year-round interest in the garden. Its glossy foliage, fragrant flowers, and Winter berries make it a popular choice for borders, hedges, and containers. Additionally, it is low-maintenance and can tolerate a range of growing conditions, making it an easy plant for gardeners of all levels.
How to care for your Sarcococca Confusa
- Soil: Prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Make sure the soil is not too wet or too dry, as both conditions can be detrimental to the plant’s health.
- Light: Prefers partial to full shade. Too much sun can scorch the plant’s leaves, while too much shade can result in poor growth and reduced flowering.
- Watering: Water the plant regularly, especially during the first growing season. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant, but it still needs occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.
- Fertiliser: Apply a balanced fertiliser in the Spring, just before new growth appears. You can also apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant to provide additional nutrients.
- Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring, just after flowering. Remove any dead or damaged branches and shape the plant as desired.
- Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
By following these care tips, you can ensure that your Sarcococca Confusa remains healthy and vibrant year-round.