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, very sweetly vanilla scented, creamy-white flowers, that form from red buds, are followed by glossy black berries that may persist into the following winter.
Site by an entrance or path to best appreciate the fragrance. Sarcococca works well in pots too, so is useful near a north facing doorway. In borders, plant in threes to fill gaps. Tough and reliable, it is a super plant for ground cover, especially on awkward slopes and banks; 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
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