Sarcococca hookeriana Winter Gem

Sarcococca hookeriana Winter Gem


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Sarcococca hookeriana Winter Gem is a dwarf evergreen shrub with an upright habit, green stems, and narrow lance-shaped, glossy mid-green leaves. In winter, the inconspicuous, sweetly vanilla scented, creamy-white flowers, that form from red buds, are followed by glossy black berries that may persist into the following winter.

Plant by an entrance or path to best appreciate the fragrance. Sarcococca works well in pots, so is useful positioned near a north facing doorway. In borders, plant in threes to fill gaps. Tough and reliable, it is a good plant for ground cover, especially on awkward slopes and banks. It also copes well with dry shade and urban pollution.


Pot size: 3L


Common Name: Himalayan Sweet Box

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Height and Spread: 50cm x 50cm, after 5–10 years

Foliage: Evergreen

Preferred Soil Type: Any moderately fertile moist but well-drained soil

Aspect: Any aspect, in a sheltered position

Position: Partial shade / Full shade

Flowering Period: December – March

Care: Prune in April or May, after flowering, and mulch