Common Name: Christmas box
Cultivar: var. digyna
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Moist
Flowering period: December to March
Sarcococca species are Chinese and Himalayan evergreen shrubs, related to the common box, buxus. Most are fairly small, slow-growing plants, broader than they are tall, and very shade-tolerant although they also grow well in full sun if the roots are kept consistently moist. S. hookeriana is a suckering shrub, winter-flowering with a powerful fragrance which compensates for the small size of the blooms. S. hookeriana var. digyna is a more shapely shrub than the species, with slim dense foliage, and very hardy in exposed positions. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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