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Sarcococca hookeriana 'Purple Gem'

Sweet Box, Christmas Box

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Exceptionally dense evergreen foliage

Forms neat rounded mounds

Intoxicating winter scent!

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An improvement on Sarcococca ‘Purple Stem’, ‘Purple Gem’ has an even bushier habit than its predecessor, plus deep purple-red stems and long, shiny, dark green leaves. Sporting denser foliage than other varieties, its neat dome of glossy, lance-shaped leaves provides evergreen interest throughout the year and provides a good backdrop for winter bedding. It is one of the few shrubs that thrives in full shade, providing the soil is reliably moist. It can even be used as a low, evergreen hedge. From January to March, exactly when little is happening in the garden, Sarcococca ‘Purple Gem’ will lure you outside with the sweet, spicy scent of its tiny white flowers with purple tips. The flowers are followed by glossy black berries.

If you like your garden to deliver some aromatherapy, you can’t possibly miss out on the intense winter perfume of Sarcococca. The spidery flowers are not at all showy, but they certainly pack a punch when it comes to fragrance. They also provide a useful early source of food for beneficial pollinators emerging from hibernation. Height: 75cm (30in). Spread: 50cm (20in).

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 75cm (30in)
Spread Up to 50cm (20in)

Hardy Shrub

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1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KF3382)

Grow sarcococca in any moist, well drained garden soil in a sheltered position, in semi-shade or shade. Christmas box will tolerate full sun and dry shade provided that the soil remains moist. Alternatively grow sarcococca plants in patio containers using soil based compost such as John Innes No.3.
Feed and water regularly until young shrubs become established. Once established, Sarcococca will require little attention and often thrives on neglect. Pruning is not required other than to shape the plant if required, and to remove and unwanted suckers from the base of the plant.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

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