Sweet Box

Sarcococca confusa

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

San Francisco, California

Thomasville, Georgia

Townsend, Georgia

Baltimore, Maryland

Silver Spring, Maryland

Bahama, North Carolina

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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 h... read more


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.


On Jan 2, 2006, growin from Beautiful, 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.


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