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Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis Winter Gem


Sarcococca humilis Winter Gem has red buds and sepals which give the fragrant blooms a bicolour effect.

Dwarf sweet box is an upright, compact, evergreen shrub with shiny dark green leaves and a slowly suckering habit. In winter and early spring it produces small, feathery, white flowers with an intense, heady fragrance that will fill the garden. Winter Gem has the added bonus of excellent performance and a long bloom period as well as red buds and sepals which give the blooms a bicolour effect. Black fruit follows later in the season. Use as a low informal hedge, as a ground cover or as an evergreen element at your front entrance.

Common Name: Dwarf Sweet Box

Family: Buxaceae (The Boxwood Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-9

Light: Full Shade, Part Shade, Part Sun

Height: 12-24"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Red

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Late Winter - Early Spring

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat:


Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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