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Sarcococca hookeriana var humilis | Sweetbox
CHARACTER
Evergreen groundcover, what do you know? Spreads by succors. This is a great alternative to Skimmia which also prefers shade. White blooms have a light scent but is also a heavy weight in clay. Black berries add to the year round interest.
CARE
Can shear into shape if needed.

NOTES
Takes 2-3 years to establish. It just sits there in clumps looking like nothing is happening, then takes off. Buy the 2 gal pots ($20ish retail), not the little ones because they’ve already been growing for a while.

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ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 8 | part to full shade
GROWTH RATE ….. slow to medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 12″to 24″
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. groundcover, dense (sp is large shrub but unknown in commerce)
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 2″to 3.5″/ 1″
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Evergreen | dark green, turning bright yellow in fall
FEATURES, BUDS, FLOWERS, FRUIT
FLOWERS | tiny, white, frangrant (almost like grass bloom)
BERRIES | nice, round, black
NATIVE HABITAT
SOIL does well in moist acid, loose, high organic matter, pollution and drought tollerant once established
Native Western China, introduced in 1907

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