Though its small white flowers are nearly hidden among waxy evergreen leaves, Sarcococca’s fragrance can perfume much of the winter garden. Small berrylike fruit follows. Shade tolerance gives these handsome shrubs special value under overhangs, in entryways, and beneath low-branching evergreen trees. Plants maintain slow, orderly growth and polished appearance in deepest shade. They also tolerate sun in cool-summer climates if the soil is not allowed to become too dry. Best in organically enriched soil. Scale insects are the only pests.Sarcococca ruscifolia
Slow growth to 4–6 ft. tall and 3–7 ft.wide. If grown against a wall, it will form a natural espalier, with branches fanning out to create patterns. Oval to elliptical leaves to 2 in. long are densely set on branches. Red fruit.
From New Zealand. Grows to 2 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide. Widely arching clumps of light green and reddish...
From China. Grows to 15–20 ft. tall, but can be held to 4–8 ft. New culms emerge green, bu...
Similar to S. ruscifolia and generally sold as such. However, S. ruscifolia has red ...