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Sarcococca saligna

Willow-leaf sweet box, Sweet Box, Christmas Box

Hardy Shrub

What is Hardy Shrub?

Narrow, willow-like leaves

Shade-tolerant evergreen shrub

Intensely fragrant winter flowers

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A less well-known variety of Sweet Box, distinguished by its arching habit, and narrow, willow-like leaves that are up to 14cm long. A slow-growing, suckering, evergreen shrub, it makes a good choice for shady areas, and will even tolerate dense shade providing the soil is not too dry. In late winter, it bears small, greenish-white, spidery flowers that have a spicy, vanilla fragrance and provide an excellent source of early nectar for beneficial pollinators. The flowers are followed by fleshy purple berries that are enjoyed by the birds. Sarcococca saligna is useful as a low-growing, evergreen, shade-tolerant shrub. It may also be used as a formal or informal hedging plant. Height: 1m (39in). Spread: 2m (6.5ft).

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 1m (39in)
Spread Up to 2m (6.5ft)

Hardy Shrub

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1 x 3 Litre Potted Plant (KF3383)

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.

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

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