Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis
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Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis

sweet box

  family buxaceae 
  genus sarcococca 

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Genus  Sarcococca Species  hookerana Variety  humilis Cultivar  Common names  sweet box Family  BUXACEAE Specimen number  S11926 Data source  HtZn p166
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Mound forming Overall height  1' 6" - 5' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Partial to full shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Fertile Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-05 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis has attractive berries during the winter. Sweet box can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species likes soils that are fertile. Partial to full shade is needed for this plant to do its best. It needs soil that is moist, well drained.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  yes Desirable qualities    Other interest  black berries in fall Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Suckers Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Propagation of Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis can be achieved using a sucker.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Sarcococca hookerana var. humilis is a perennial. Leaves: Sweet box has shiny narrow leaves. Flowers: This plant has inconspicuous flowers. The blossoms are most often a white color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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