It is quite easy to walk past this unassuming small evergreen bush in summer, without giving it a second glance, but in the depths of winter, it becomes obvious why you should grow this plant.
| Even though the creamy-white flowers are quite small and inconspicuous, they release a powerful and pervasive, rich honey scent into the air. It can waft for quite some distance, and in a small, enclosed space is quite lovely.|
Sarcococca confusa, also known as Christmas box, or Sweet box, the glossy, long, slender pointed leaves reflect the light well, and as these shrubs tolerate shady conditions well, they are useful for dark corners.
| The flowers are followed by small, glossy black fruit, which remain for a long time and can also appear at the same time as the flowers. |
It is quite slow growing but may eventually reach a height of 2m (6ft) and a spread of 1m (3ft). A robust and hardy, it will tolerate many things, including pollution, deep shade, dry soil, and neglect.
It does not need pruning, unless it has grown too big for the space and is not usually bothered by any pests and diseases.