Fragrant Sweet Box

Sarcococca ruscifolia

A shade-loving evergreen shrub that forms a rounded mound of glossy, deep emerald green foliage. During mid-winter and early spring, fragrant tiny white flowers appear nearly hidden by densely set leaves, followed in early summer by shiny, dark red fruits. Tolerant of deep, dry shade, this is choice for planting against a wall where it can naturally form an espalier, or in areas of shade where other plants won’t grow.


+ More information about container sizes


Fragrant Sweet Box

Sarcococca ruscifolia
Plant Type

Garden Use

, ,

Flower Color

Foliage Color

Deciduous / Evergreen

Bloom Time


Mature Size

Growth Rate

Growth Habit


Light Needs


Water Needs


Sunset Zone


USDA Hardiness Zones

Garden Style


Special Features


Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.