The Sarcococca plant is also known as the Christmas or the sweet box. Despite the names, they are still one of the neglected of the evergreen species. These plants are quite easy to grow and showcase leaves that are shinier as well as great smelling blossoms.
The Sarcococca is the ideal plant to consider when edging formal beds, particular those that are located in shady areas. These plants are best described with compact, oftentimes suckering shrubs that have simple yet leather-like and miniature, and aromatic creamy-white flowers. It is followed by purple or red or black berries that can last until the following winter.
The Sarcococca can grow as high as 6 feet tall but the standard height is only 4 feet high. This bush can maintain a healthy condition all year round, capable of producing flowers despite undesirable weather conditions and provides any space with a sweet-smelling and cheerful odor.
The ideal of the Sarcococca varieties is the S. hookeriana which is characterized by narrow and pointed leaves that provides a graceful appearance. There is even a similar variety that comes with a reddish colored stem. The flowers produced by these shrubs are considered pinkish in color than the other varieties.
The smallest variety of Sarcococca is the humilis. This shrub is the ideal option if you want a replacement for box edging. Due to the spread of fungal diseases, it is best to opt for an evergreen replacement such as Sarcococca. Even though these bushes do not exude a formal appearance, they can be easily controlled by pulling up the shoots
When growing Sarcococca plants, they thrive best in moderately fertile, moist and properly-drained humus-rich soil where there is a lot of shade available. Full exposure to the sun can be tolerated once it is planted in damp soil. The plant can also tolerate atmospheric conditions such as pollution, dry shade and even neglect.
Additionally, the soil used can be acidic, alkaline and even neutral. For the propagation purposes, the Sarcococca is propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings during late summer or they can also be propagated by seeds that are sown in the outdoors with the use of containers during the spring or autumn season. Another advantage of this plant is that it no longer requires pruning.
Sarcococca is the ideal option since it grows relatively fast and does not requires a lot of maintenance. It can easily thrive under the shade even if it is neglected for quite awhile.
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