Sarcococca Humilis


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SKU: sarcococca-humilis Category:
Common Name: Dwarf 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: Average
  • Flowering period: December – March
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual height: 0.5 – 1m
  • Eventual spread: 0.5 – 1m

Sarcococca Humilis, also known as the ‘Dwarf Sweet Box’, is a compact, evergreen shrub that has glossy, dark green leaves and typically grows to be 1 metre tall and wide. The plant produces small, creamy white, highly fragrant flowers in the Winter, which are followed by small, black berries. This plant is an excellent choice for a low-maintenance, evergreen ground cover or for planting under trees and shrubs. It is also a great option for gardeners looking to add fragrance to their landscape.

This plant thrives in partial shade to full shade and prefers well-drained, moist soil. It is hardy and relatively pest and disease free. It is also deer resistant, making it a great option for gardens in areas where deer are prevalent.

Overall, this is a versatile and low-maintenance evergreen that can add beauty and fragrance to any landscape.

How to care for your Sarcococca Humilis

  • Light: Prefers partial shade to full shade, so it is best to plant it in an area that receives filtered sunlight or is protected from direct sunlight.
  • Soil: This plant prefers well-drained, moist soil that is rich in organic matter. It is important to ensure that the soil does not dry out completely or become waterlogged.
  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry spells. Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Fertiliser: Fertilise with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser in the Spring.
  • Pruning: Prune in the Spring, after the flowers have faded. Remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches, as well as any branches that are crossing or growing too close to one another.
  • Propagation: It can be propagated by taking semi-hardwood cuttings in the Summer, or by layering in the Spring.

By following these tips, your Sarcococca Humilis should thrive and provide you with year-round beauty and fragrance in your landscape.

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