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PlantFiles: Sweet Box
Sarcococca confusa

Family: Buxaceae
Genus: Sarcococca (sar-koh-KOH-kuh) (Info)
Species: confusa (kon-FEW-suh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Daveal7 On Mar 16, 2013, Daveal7 from Anacortes, WA wrote:

sarcococca confusa is a wonderful plant. I grew them at our place near Lynnwood, WA. I started new plants from cuttings and seed, from their berries.
The least amount of sun it gets, the better is does.
Planted one on the north side of our house, near the front door. It got no sunshine, no rain.
Every December we would notice a sweet fragrance, as we went in and out of the front door. They are still blooming now, in March.
(The yellow Winter Jasmine also blooms through the winter.)
The dark green shiney leaves look great all year.
I have many of these plants growing here in dense shade, of coniferous evergreen trees, here on Guemes Island, in the San Juans Islands of Washington State.
The Deer don't eat it, we have quite few resident Deer here. They browse our shrubs and sleep in our yard a lot.
The plants seem to have no pests, no diseases.
I am planting more seeds of this plant now.

Positive vossner On Jan 22, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very slow growing plant but also very low maintenance. Mine are in mostly shade. I notice they grow a little faster when I provide supplemental water.

Positive growin On Jan 2, 2006, growin from Vancouver, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Strong aroma blooms in mid-winter. Glossy small dark-green leaves on compact shrub. Prefers shade and moist soil. Perfect plant for entrance ways for fragrance and clean appearance in shaded location.

Positive fishfryerone On Feb 8, 2005, fishfryerone from Poole, Dorset,
United Kingdom wrote:

Grows 3 to 4 feet high, evergreen, Sweet box family, small frond like white, flowers, very highly scented, powerfull scent, followed by glossy black fruit, bees & birds love it, Hardy down to minus 15.f. in England


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Francisco, California
Thomasville, Georgia
Townsend, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cave Junction, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
South Boston, Virginia
Stafford, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington

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