Sarcococca Hookeriana Var. Digyna


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SKU: sarcococca-hookeriana-var-digyna Category:
Common Name: Sweet Box
Size: 2-3 litre
Hardiness: H5
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full shade, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Flowering Period: December – March
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
  • Eventual Spread: 1 – 1.5m

Sarcococca Hookeriana Var. Digyna, commonly known as ‘Sweet Box’, is a bushy suckering, evergreen shrub that belongs to the family Buxaceae and is highly valued for its fragrant flowers, glossy foliage, and ornamental berries.

The plant typically grows to a height of 1 metre and spreads up to 1.5 metres. The leaves are dark green, glossy, leathery, lanceolate in 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.

The ‘Sweet Box’ produces small, fragrant flowers in the late Winter to early Spring, typically from December to March. The flowers are creamy white, tiny, and insignificant in shape, but their sweet fragrance is highly prized and can fill the surrounding air with a delightful scent. The flowers are followed by ornamental black berries that persist through the Winter, providing additional interest to the plant.

In summary, this is an attractive and versatile evergreen shrub that provides year-round interest in the garden. Its glossy foliage, fragrant flowers, and ornamental 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 Hookeriana Var. Digyna

  • Soil: Prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Avoid planting in heavy clay soil or areas that become waterlogged as this can cause root rot.
  • Light: Prefers partial to full shade. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn or discolour.
  • Watering: Water regularly during the first growing season to help establish the plant’s root system. Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant but still requires occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.
  • Fertilszer: Fertilise in the Spring with a balanced fertiliser or a slow-release fertiliser formulated for acid-loving plants. Avoid fertilising during the Autumn and Winter months.
  • Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring after flowering has finished. Pruning will help maintain a neat, compact shape and encourage new growth.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as compost or leaf mold, around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

By following these care tips, you can ensure that your Sarcococca Hookeriana Var. Digyna remains healthy and vibrant year-round, providing you with fragrant flowers and ornamental berries to enjoy.


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