Any plant that flowers during the winter needs to work hard to attract pollinating insects. Like a lot of winter-flowering shrubs, Sarcococca use scent to entice any pollinators that are around into its flowers. And what a scent. This is no gentle, whiff-on- the-air fragrance but a hearty, full-throated perfume that carries itself around the garden. This variety of Christmas Box has smaller leaves than other Sarcococca and is often suggested as an alternative to Buxus. I have seen it clipped very effectively into cubes and balls, but I think it looks better just left alone.
A native of eastern Asia and the Himalayas, it grows best in well-drained soils in shady situations