Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis

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Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis 2013-11-01T11:46:44+00:00

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